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Mihail VIP Member

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#1 13 years ago
By Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - U.S.-led forces, using Iraq's ancient city of Babylon as a military base, have caused "substantial damage" to one of the world's most renowned archaeological treasures, a British Museum report says. The report, quoted in Saturday's Guardian, said U.S. and Polish military vehicles had crushed 2,600-year-old pavements in the city, a cradle of civilisation and home to one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Archaeological fragments were used to fill sand bags, it added. John Curtis, keeper of the museum's Ancient and Near East department, invited to visit Babylon by Iraqi antiquities experts, also said he had found cracks and gaps made by people who had apparently tried to gouge out the decorated bricks forming the famous dragons of the city's Ishtar Gate. U.S. military commanders set up a base in Babylon in April 2003, just after the invasion to topple Saddam Hussein, and handed it over to a Polish-led force five months later. "This is tantamount to establishing a military camp around the Great Pyramid in Egypt or around Stonehenge in Britain," Curtis said in the report. The camp will be formally handed over to the Iraqi culture ministry on Saturday. Babylon was the capital of ancient Babylonia, an early civilisation that existed from around 1,800 BC until 600 BC. Most famous for the Hanging Gardens built by Nebuchadnezzar, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, large parts of it were reconstructed by Saddam in an attempt to associate himself with his country's past glories. In the report, Curtis described the decision to set up a base in the area as "regrettable". Large areas of the site were covered in gravel, the report said, brought in from outside which was compacted and sometimes chemically treated to make helipads and car parks. "The status of future information about these areas will therefore be seriously compromised," the report said. Lord Redesdale, the head of Britain's all-party parliamentary archaeological group, told the Guardian he was horrified. "Outrage is hardly the word, this is just dreadful. "These are world sites. Not only is what the American forces are doing damaging the archaeology of Iraq, it's actually damaging the cultural heritage of the whole world." The newspaper quoted Lieutenant Colonel Steven Boylan as saying the significance of Babylon was not lost on the foreign troops. "An archaeologist examined every construction initiative for its impact on historical ruins."

Out with the old culture in with the new right? http://www.reuters.co.uk/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=654581




[CoUk]niu

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#2 13 years ago

That will boost popularity.




yod@

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#3 13 years ago

babylon is the cradle of civilization, that'll be a great loss




Col Jimmy Emeric

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#4 13 years ago

so was it infact the u.s. forces or was it the polish forces that the u.s. handed it over to?




Mihail VIP Member

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#5 13 years ago

It's not being handed over to anyone, they are moving their base out of the area which they well ruined.




D.Sporky!

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#6 13 years ago

That's so sad and stupid. :(




colonel_bob

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#7 13 years ago

Yeah, thats great. Set up a base in the middle of an ancient city. Good thinking. :thatsgreat:




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#8 13 years ago

I saw that on the news, yesterday I think it was. I was pretty pissed off by that, and with all the crap floating around these days that should be pissing me off, that's no small feat. And that's especially disgusting considering what they said just after the war was supposedly over, and they found out about all the looting.

Any Americans want to know where they get their reputation for being stupid? Blame the guys responsible for this. They're soiling your reputation.




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#9 13 years ago

Nice job dudes, it's bad enough you have a military base there, now you go and wreck one of the wrold's most renowned cities? Focus on getting the "insurgents" not running over relics of a lost world.:thatsgreat:




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#10 13 years ago

To quote Team America: World Police, after they destroy several major monuments...

'oops.'