Iraq Museum looting topic of lecture

Following the U.S. invasion of Iraq last year, press reports out of Baghdad told of extensive looting of the Iraq Museum, leading many to think that the whole museum had been destroyed.

Contrary to those early reports, the looting did not result in a total loss of its collection, Yet, recent press reports that suggest only minor losses are equally misleading.

“Counting the Losses—One Year After the Iraq Museum Looting” will be the topic of an upcoming lecture by Dr. Clemens Reichel, a research associate, archaeologist and lecturer at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. In January, Reichel was named one of seven Chicagoans of the Year by Chicago magazine for his use of the Internet to help track down the irreplaceable treasures of Baghdad’s Iraq Museum.

A native of Germany, Reichel completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Freiburg and his graduate work at the Institute of Archaeology and the School of Oriental and African Studies in London and at the University of Chicago. He has field experience in Turkey, Syria, Jordan and Egypt. He worked on the reinstallation of the Mesopotamian Gallery at the Oriental Institute. Since April 2003, he has been project coordinator of the Oriental Institute’s Iraq Museum Database Project.

The lecture will be at 8 p.m., Thursday, March 4, in the Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 N. Main St., Rockford. The lecture is sponsored by the Classics Department of Rockford College and The Archaeological Institute of America, Rockford Society in collaboration with The Burpee Museum of Natural History.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

For more information, call the Classics Department at Rockford College, 226-4027.

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