Here is a link to a New York Times article on the true state of the
looting of artefacts in Iraq.
It is a development with a long history.
But note that the Iraq Museum did not even have a computer
list of its holdings. Rather incredible archaeological sloppiness.
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As I have stated so often
it is often primarily the money
and often less so the history
which drives the science of archaeology.
Serious researchers such as myself receive no funds from anywhere.
Where would the profit - except in knowledge - be?