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Cultural Property at War: Protecting Heritage during Armed Conflict

The main lobby of the Iraq National Museum, May 2007. As a precaution against anticipated looting, the front doors (at left) were sealed with cement blocks prior to the U.S. invasion in April 2003. Unfortunately, looters were able to enter parts of the museum through other ways. However, key staff members hid most of the museum's collection—a measure that was instrumental in saving a significant portion of the collection. Photo: Corine Wegener.