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Revolution Brings New Hopes for Libyan Archaeology

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Science  18 Nov 2011:
Vol. 334, Issue 6058, pp. 885
DOI: 10.1126/science.334.6058.885

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Now that Libya's civil war is over, many foreign archaeologists are eager to get back to the country and pick up their studies some 9 months after beating a hasty, sometimes panicked retreat. They'll land in a country whose revolution has claimed tens of thousands of lives but whose abundant, little-known cultural heritage remains virtually unscathed. Many of those who have conducted studies in Libya hope that from the turmoil will arise a new, democratic nation that invests more of its oil wealth in research and takes a keener interest in its archaeological treasures. Indeed, Libyan scientists are hoping for a broad scientific revival.

  • * With reporting by David Malakoff.