Archaeology, Cultural Property, and the Military

Archaeology, Cultural Property, and the Military

Edited by Laurie Rush


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Boydell Press



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 and archaeology 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 to help 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 learned that 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, James Zeidler, 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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39 black and white, 1 line illustrations
240 pages
24.4x17.2 cm
Heritage Matters
Paperback, 9781843837527, September 2012
Hardback, 9781843835394, October 2010
Library eBook
Boydell Press
BIC GT, 1D, 2AB, 3J
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Table of Contents

Archaeology and the Military: an Introduction - Laurie W. Rush
The Obligations Contained in International Treaties of Armed Forces to Protect Cultural Heritage in Times of Armed Conflict - Patty Gerstenblith
Rescuing Europe's Cultural Heritage: The Role of the Allied Monuments Officers in World War II - Krysia Spirydowicz
The UK's Training and Awareness Programme - Julian Radcliffe
US Army Civil Affairs: Protecting Cultural Property, Past and Future - Corine Wegener
Cultural Property Protection in the Event of Armed Conflict: Deploying Military Experts or Can White Men Sing the Blues? - Joris Kila
Good Training and Good Practice: Protection of the Cultural Heritage on the UK Defence Training Estate - Martin Brown
In-Theatre Soldier Training through Cultural Heritage Playing Cards: a US Department of Defense Example - James Zeidler and Laurie W. Rush
Dealing the Heritage Hand: Establishing a United States Department of Defense Cultural Property Protection Program for Global Operations - Laurie W. Rush
Teaching Cultural Property Protection in the Middle East: the Central Command Historical Cultural Advisory Group and International Efforts - Laurie W. Rush
Cultural Resources Data for Heritage Protection in Contingency Operations - Paul R Green
Time not on my side: Cultural Resource Management in Kirkuk, Iraq - Darrell C Pinckney
US Military Support of Cultural Heritage Awareness and Preservation in Post-Conflict Iraq - Diane C Siebrandt
Operation Heritage - Hugo Clarke
Cultural Property Protection in the Event of Armed Conflict - Austrian Experiences - Friedrich Schipper
Role of the Swiss Armed Forces in the Protection of Cultural Property - Stephan Zellmeyer
Preserving Global Heritage from Space in Times of War - Sarah Parcak
Appendices: 1954 Hague Convention and its two Protocols


Offers a snapshot of recent efforts to educate and train troops to recognize, protect and preserve cultural heritage during both armed deployments and peacetime. [Its] case studies offer good examples. TLS

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