Mesopotamia Today

The land between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, comprising Iraq, north-eastern Syria, and south-eastern Turkey, is in turmoil today, torn by war and sectarian conflict.

As reported in the media in 2003, following the American invasion looters ran wild through the Iraq National Museum, beginning a decade of devastation to the country’s unrivalled archaeological sites. The loss is enormous: architectural remains have been irretrievably damaged and artifacts of tremendous scientific value destroyed since they have no “market value.” The result, the history of the region will never be fully known.

Learn more in this special companion exhibit from the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago: Catastrophe! The Looting and Destruction of Iraq’s Past.

Read "Picking up the Pieces," ROM Associate Curator Clemens Reichel’s compelling firsthand account of the devastation as published in ROM Magazine, Spring 2013.

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