Friday, March 6, 2015
Kate FitzGibbon, writing for the Committee for Cultural Policy, reports on the bulldozing of Nimrud. Meanwhile, the Economist does its best to explain the iconoclasm of ISIS. It only fails by repeating disinformation blaming looting at Apamea on ISIS rather than the odious Assad regime. And what of the culprits? Archaeo-blogger Paul Barford, relying on Arab sources, suggests that local men may have been responsible for the destruction at the Mosul Museum. If so, that would once again raise the question whether the "state owns all" approach favored by Barford and the archaeology lobby inexorably leads to the trash the past model of ISIS and others.