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On Iraq's Front Lines

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Science  04 Jul 2008:
Vol. 321, Issue 5885, pp. 29
DOI: 10.1126/science.321.5885.29

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Abdel-Amir Hamdani, director of antiquities in the Nasiriyeh region of southern Iraq, spent 3 months in jail for opposing plans to build a dozen brick factories on top of an important archaeological site. Hamdani's tribulations reflect the precarious state of Iraq's archaeological heritage 5 years after the war began (see main text).