The “War on Terror” and the Military–Archaeology Complex: Iraq, Ethics, and Neo-Colonialism

@article{Hamilakis2009TheO,
  title={The “War on Terror” and the Military–Archaeology Complex: Iraq, Ethics, and Neo-Colonialism},
  author={Yannis Hamilakis},
  journal={Archaeologies},
  year={2009},
  volume={5},
  pages={39-65}
}
The archaeological response to the 2003 invasion and occupation of Iraq is often portrayed as a crusade to rescue antiquities, destroyed either directly by the military action itself or indirectly by the looting of archaeological sites and museums. I argue in this paper that this narrative is awfully inadequate, and masks the ethical and political dimensions at the core of this historical episode. I contend that, in their often well-intended attempts to rescue antiquities, most archaeologists… Expand
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