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Iraq's Ancient Ruins Face New Looting

Iraq's Ancient Ruins Face New Looting 26 Jun 2010 The looting of Iraq’s ancient ruins is thriving again. This time it is not a result of the “stuff happens” chaos that followed the American invasion in 2003, but rather the bureaucratic indifference of Iraq’s newly sovereign government US-installed oil puppets. Thousands of archaeological sites -- containing some of the oldest treasures of civilization -- have been left unprotected, allowing what officials of Iraq’s antiquities board say is a resumption of brazenly illegal excavations, especially here in southern Iraq.