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Picking Up the Pieces of Iraqi Antiquities

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Science  25 Apr 2003:
Vol. 300, Issue 5619, pp. 559-561
DOI: 10.1126/science.300.5619.559

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The U.S. troops who were nowhere to be found when looters besieged Iraq's National Museum 2 weeks ago now ring the building. But as order is slowly restored, archaeologists and curators face the daunting challenge of assessing the damage to the museum's priceless collections.