Thieves of Baghdad: The Global Traffic in Stolen Iraqi Antiquities

  • Mathew BogdanosEmail author


As the head of the investigation into one of the greatest art crimes in recent memory – the looting of the Iraq Museum in 2003 – I have spent more than 6 years attempting to recover and return to the Iraqi people their priceless heritage (Bogdanos 2005a, b). I have spent a significant amount of that time, however, attempting to correct the almost universal misconceptions about what happened at the museum in those fateful days in April 2003, to increase awareness of the continuing cultural catastrophe that is represented by the illegal trade in stolen antiquities, and to highlight the need for the concerted and cooperative efforts of the international community to preserve, protect, and recover the shared cultural heritage of all humanity.


Cultural Heritage Archaeological Site North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Illegal Trade Museum Staff 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Colonel, US Marine CorpsNew YorkUSA

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