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ORIENTAL INSTITUTE IRAQ WORKING GROUP


Lost Heritage

The following publications were designed to aid in the recovery of antiquities stolen from Iraq's regional museums during the insurrection following the Gulf War, 1991. Museums in Amara, Basra, Kufa, Dirwaniya, Suleimaniya, Dohuk, Kirkuk and Wasit were vandalized, cases were smashed, and records were scattered. The antiquities published here are stolen goods, are not legally held, and can be recovered by police action. Anyone who encounters any of the objects published in Lost Heritage, or any other items that are recognizable as from Iraq's museums, should contact the appropriate authorities.

These publications are made available on-line with the kind permission of the original publishers.

The American Academic Research Institute in Iraq (formerly The American Association for Research in Baghdad)
British School of Archaeology in Iraq
Institute for Cultural Studies of Ancient Iraq, Kokushikan University
State Board of Antiquities and Heritage

Each of these documents is scanned from the copy in the collections of the Oriental Institute Research Archives. Image quality in the originals is uneven - being dependant on a variety of original sources. The scans reflect the quality of the published originals.


Gibson, McGuire; McMahon, Augusta. Lost Heritage: Antiquities Stolen from Iraq's Regional Museums, Fascicle 1. Chicago: American Association for Research in Baghdad; 1992. 1 volume (xii + 54 pages [illustrated]): American Associaton for Research in Baghdad, 1155 E. 58th St., Chicago IL 60637, USA.

4.1 MB PDF (suitable for viewing online) | 19.1 MB PDF (suitable for printing)

Baker, H. D.; Matthews, R. J.; Postgate, J. N. Lost Heritage: Antiquities Stolen from Iraq's Regional Museums. Fascicle 2. London: British School of Archaeology in Iraq; 1993. 1 volume (viii + 153 pages [illustrated]). ISBN: 0-903472-14-7.

11.7 MB PDF (suitable for viewing online) | 55.3 MB PDF (suitable for printing)

Fujii, Hideo; Oguchi, Kazumi. Lost Heritage: Antiquities Stolen from Iraq's Regional Museums. Fascicle 3. Tokyo: Institute for Cultural Studies of Ancient Iraq, Kokushikan University; 1996. 1 volume (xxi + 43 pages [illustrated]).

4.9 MB PDF (suitable for viewing online) | 20.9 MB PDF (suitable for printing)

"List of Stolen Manuscripts" = pages 16-43 of: Fujii, Hideo; Oguchi, Kazumi. Lost Heritage: Antiquities Stolen from Iraq's Regional Museums. Fascicle 3. Tokyo: Institute for Cultural Studies of Ancient Iraq, Kokushikan University; 1996. 1 volume (xxi + 43 pages [illustrated]).

1.9 MB PDF (suitable for viewing online) | 7.5 MB PDF (suitable for printing)


Prepared by the Oriental Institute's Iraq Working Group. We gratefully acknowledge the many hours of work and the thoughtful advise and councel of Karen Terras that contributed to the production of this and other products of the Iraq Working Group. Without her help, none of this would have appeared.

For further information, or to offer corrections or additions, contact:

cejo@uchicago.edu


 

OTHER RESOURCES OF THE IRAQ WORKING GROUP

Lost Treasures From Iraq

IraqCrisis: A moderated list for communicating substantive information on cultural property damaged, destroyed or lost from Libraries and Museums in Iraq during and after the war in April 2003, and on the worldwide response to the crisis

Iraq Bibliographies


Middle East Librarians Association Committee on Iraqi Libraries





Revised: March 11, 2010

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