Archaeology, Cultural Property, and the Military

Laurie W. Rush
Boydell Press, 2012 - 230 pages
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Timely essays from experienced contributors examine the damage recent conflict has caused to cultural heritage, and how it may best be safeguarded in future.

Laurie Rush, a senior archeologist with the U.S. Army, has assembled a seminal book on the threat to important cultural sites from combat operations, and none too soon. Spurred by the tragic and unnecessary loss of artefacts andarchaeology from the invasion of Iraq, she and her colleagues make a persuasive case that a minimum of common sense can not only protect this shared heritage but also enhance the likelihood that a military mission will succeed, and with fewer casualties. This book should be required reading for senior military and civilian leaders, not just in the United States but throughout the world, who are able to initiate the training and education necessary to ensure that planning and targeting personnel will be able to identify significant sites and take every reasonable step to avoid damaging them. RICHARD MOE, PROFESSOR EMERITUS, NATIONAL TRUST FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION, US

From Lawrence of Arabia to the Monuments Men to the contributors within this volume, academic scholars have found themselves engaged in conflict areas, in topics involving conflict, and in unlikely partnerships with military professionals. Motives and methods have varied dramatically over the years, but the over-riding theme of this volume is stewardship. In each case, an author has encountered a situation where their expertise has offered the potential tohelp save archaeological properties, historical structures, and sacred places - or has documented the process. Drawing on major contributions from seven armed forces, amongst others, this book aims to set out the obligations to protect cultural heritage under international Conventions; provide a series of case studies of current military practice; and outline the current efforts to enhance this. Overall, it offers examples, anecdotes, and lessons learnedthat can be used for consideration in planning future efforts for global archaeological stewardship.

Contributors: Patty Gerstenblith, Krysia Spirydowicz, Julian Radcliffe, Corine Wegener, Joris Kila, Martin Brown, JamesZeidler, Laurie Rush, Paul R. Green, Darrell C. Pinckney, Diane C. Siebrandt, Hugo Clarke, Friedrich Schipper, Franz Schuller, Karl von Habsburg-Lothringen, Holger Eichberger, Erich Frank, Norbert Fürstenhofer, Stephan Zellmeyer, Sarah Parcak


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Table des matières

An Introduction
1 The Obligations Contained in International Treaties of Armed Forces to Protect Cultural Heritage in Times of Armed Conflict
The Role of the Allied Monuments Officers in World War II
3 The UKs Training and Awareness Programme
Protecting Cultural Property Past and Future
Deploying Military Experts or Can White Men Sing the Blues?
Protection of the Cultural Heritage on the UK Defence Training Estate
A US Department of Defense Example
Cultural Resource Management in Kirkuk Iraq
12 US Military Support of Cultural Heritage Awareness and Preservation in PostConflict Iraq
13 Operation Heritage
14 Cultural Property Protection in the Event of Armed Conflict Austrian Experiences
15 The Role of the Swiss Armed Forces in the Protection of Cultural Property
16 Preserving Global Heritage from Space in Times of War

Establishing a United States Department of Defense Cultural Property Protection Program for Global Operations
The Central Command HistoricalCultural Advisory Group and International Efforts
10 Cultural Resources Data for Heritage Protection in Contingency Operations
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