During the reign of Saddam Hussein, and with the war still in progress, archaeology in Iraq has been at a standstill. The Field Museum in Chicago hopes to bring Iraqi archaeologists up to speed with all the technological developments of the last 15 years.
“Their job now is to learn new techniques they were unable to learn about while under the regime of Saddam Hussein, when they couldn’t leave the country,” said Dr. James Phillips, Iraq Cultural Heritage Project director.
Dr. Phillips says that in the past 15 years or so technology in this field has advanced at an incredible rate and these Iraqi archaeologists have not been able to advance with it. But now, with a U.S. State Department grant, in the next two years 18 Iraqis will be trained by the Field Museum and the Oriental Institute.
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