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LONDON Jan 15, 2005 — U.S.-led troops using the ancient Iraqi city of Babylon as a base have caused widespread damage and contamination, according to a report by the British Museum...
...In the report, Curtis acknowledged that at first the U.S. presence had helped to protect the site from looters.
But subsequent work including the decision to cover large areas of the site with gravel brought in from elsewhere to provide car parks and helipads was damaging, he said.
Lord Redesdale, an archaeologist who heads a parliamentary archaeology committee, described the report's findings as "just dreadful."
"Not only is what the American forces are doing damaging the archaeology of Iraq, it's actually damaging the cultural heritage of the whole world," he said.
For more than 1,000 years, Babylon was one of the world's premier cities, where Nebuchadnezzar II built the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.