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Archeologists Plan Post-Islamic State Future in Iraq
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The military campaign in Iraq against Islamic State, better known as Da'esh, is still in progress, but in the parts of the country reclaimed by the national government, archeologists have already begun work on assessing the damage the radical group caused to important ancient sites. Iraqi and international researchers are deciding an agenda for the future of archeological work in the parts of Iraq held by Da'esh, who deliberately demolished remains of the non-Islamic past. Earlier this month, a team from the Iraqi State Board of Antiquities and Heritage began work on a comprehensive damage assessment report at the site of Nimrud, an ancient Assyrian city. The site is only 30 kilometers south of Mosul, where fighting against Da'esh is still raging. After capturing Nimrud in July 2014, Da'esh used bulldozers to destroy buildings and smashed figurative sculptures, notably carved stone reliefs and a lamassu, a monumental sculpture of a winged bull with a king's head that stood at the gates of a palace. In London, the British Museum in London began training a group of Iraqi archeologists in emergency heritage management in early March. With

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