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Impending War, Dam Hinder Iraqi Preservation Efforts

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Science  14 Mar 2003:
Vol. 299, Issue 5613, pp. 1653-1654
DOI: 10.1126/science.299.5613.1653

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The looming conflict in Iraq is hurting attempts to rescue more than 60 important archaeological sites, including Ashur, the spiritual center of the ancient Assyrians. Efforts to ameliorate the threat posed by a nearby dam under construction have been stymied by an anticipated U.S. invasion, wrangling between Iraqi ministries, and the country's desperate need for water and irrigated land.