“Back in June, one of the engineers working on future operations wanted to see all the archeological sites in Iraq,” Peters recalled. “Everybody knows this is the cradle of civilization.
There’s Babylon, Ur, some pretty famous archeological sites in Iraq.”
As bases were closed and troops withdrew from cities, the existing bases need to expand, without infringing on historical sites.
“We need the Iraqi government’s permission to expand a camp to house relocated troops,” Peters explained. “The government, for a number of reasons, might say no. One of those reasons might be the presence of archeological sites in the area.”
Peters volunteered for the job and began the difficult process of creating a list of archeological sites.