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Ur in need of conservation

The ancient city of Ur in Iraq is in danger of being damaged due to the elements, but archaeologists are reluctant to return to the city to begin restoration efforts.

“Everybody likes the idea of excavations. People say we have to find ancient treasures,” said Hamdani, who is involved in a joint project between Baghdad and a US non-governmental organisation to map and restore the site.

“There are treasures right under our feet,” said Hamdani, referring to some of the riches that during the last large excavations decades ago were pulled out of the sand and carted off to museums in Iraq and abroad.

“But why cram these treasures into museums if the (unearthed) monuments are not preserved?” he asked rhetorically.

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Story: AFP | Photo: AFP

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