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Impending War Stokes Battle Over Fate of Iraqi Antiquities

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Science  31 Jan 2003:
Vol. 299, Issue 5607, pp. 643
DOI: 10.1126/science.299.5607.643

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While the world awaits a possible war in Iraq, a battle is already under way over how best to preserve the country's vast cultural heritage. At the center of the controversy is a group of wealthy and influential American antiquities collectors and curators with enough clout to wangle a meeting last week with U.S. Defense and State department officials.