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Hidden women of history: Ennigaldi-Nanna, curator of the world’s first museum

The National Museum of Iraq photographed in February 2018. Many of the pieces discovered at the ruins of Ur, arranged and labelled by Ennigaldi-Nanna, can be found here. Wikimedia Commons

The National Museum of Iraq photographed in February 2018. Many of the pieces discovered at the ruins of Ur, arranged and labelled by Ennigaldi-Nanna, can be found here. Wikimedia Commons Louise Pryke, Macquarie University In this series, we look at under-acknowledged women through the ages. “It belongs in a museum.” With these words, Indiana Jones, the world’s best-known fictional archaeologist, …

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After Palmyra, what can the world do to protect cultural treasures?

Palmyra’s Temple of Bel, pre-Islamic State. Reuters/Gustau Nacarino

Agnieszka Jachec-Neale, Brunel University London There has been much public condemnation of the destruction of the Temple of Bel at Palmyra by Islamic State (IS), as well as the wider devastation being inflicted on the cultural heritage of Syria and Iraq by both IS and its opponents in Syria’s civil war. Both Syria and Iraq are party to all relevant …

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Illegal trade in antiquities: a scourge that has gone on for millennia too long

h. Evangelos Kyriakidis, University of Kent Looting of artefacts has always been a sign of military might or economic power. Over millennia, conquering generals would take away with them trophies to adorn their cities. In more recent centuries, the wealthy upper classes would make “grand tours” of classical sites and acquire – through whatever means – anything from vases to …

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Looting of antiquities has increased under lockdown – here’s how we’re working to prevent this in Iraq

Training museum staff in Iraq in how to mark priceless heritage artefacts using SmartWater. Ali Al-Makhzoomi, Author provided

Training museum staff in Iraq in how to mark priceless heritage artefacts using SmartWater. Ali Al-Makhzoomi, Author provided Roger Matthews, University of Reading In addition to causing mayhem and misery for most, the COVID-19 pandemic crisis has expanded the opportunities for illicit looting, theft and dealing in one of the world’s most important resources – its cultural heritage. Social instability …

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In COVID’s shadow, global terrorism goes quiet. But we have seen this before, and should be wary

Alaa Al-Marjani/AAP

Alaa Al-Marjani/AAP Greg Barton, Deakin University Have we flattened the curve of global terrorism? In our COVID-19-obsessed news cycle stories about terrorism and terrorist attacks have largely disappeared. We now, though, understand a little more about how pandemics work. And ironically, long before the current pandemic, the language of epidemiology proved helpful in understanding by analogy the way in which …

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Sudan’s political change gives hope for young women and girls. Here’s why

An Egyptian doctor gives medical advice to a woman about female genital mutilation during an awareness campaign in Giza, outside the capital Cairo. Mohamed El-Sahed/AFP via Getty Images

An Egyptian doctor gives medical advice to a woman about female genital mutilation during an awareness campaign in Giza, outside the capital Cairo. Mohamed El-Sahed/AFP via Getty Images Tamsin Bradley, University of Portsmouth Sudan’s transitional government recently announced a nationwide ban on female genital mutilation. A 2014 survey backed by the United Nations estimated 87% of Sudanese women and girls …

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