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Army to map Iraq's ancient cities

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posted on Oct, 28 2009 @ 01:54 AM
Army to map Iraq's ancient cities

Geospatial: Mapping Iraq's Ancient Cities

According to the article, a "Multi-National Corps-Iraq C-7" is creating an extensive map of Iraqi sites for the benefit of the army and the Iraqi government to avoid their possible destruction as they build new bases or expand existing ones.

"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."

One can imagine how much history has already been lost to the war, or to Hussein's regime. The article mentions that they used an Arizona State University project that claimed there were approximately 12,000 sites to be mapped, yet when they began this project the "official" Iraqi map from the Iraq director of Antiquities has a scant 270 locations pinpointed. Alas, poor Sumer!

Rogers used a digital copy of a 1961 map of Iraq created by the Iraq director of Antiquities and, through a process called rubber sheeting, assigned geographic coordinates to the map. There were 270 different rock monuments, cultural and historical sites.

At least now, according to the article, the Army officially recognizes 800 sites that are near enough to military bases that may be affected by any expansion activities.


posted on Oct, 28 2009 @ 02:41 AM
They already built a base on Babylon :

posted on Oct, 28 2009 @ 04:03 AM
Hmm... seems those crazy, superstitious elitists are mapping possible locations for those highly sought after relics again!


posted on Nov, 9 2009 @ 03:09 AM
If anything Saddam's regime was trying to rebuild, save & figure out the truth.

He was trying to open the Saddam Hussein school of Cuneiform Scripts.

It would have changed the world.

posted on Nov, 9 2009 @ 09:22 AM
In some respects Hussein was like Mussolini, he took a lot of pride in his country's ancient history and was trying to restore it. Of course he also shared a tendency for genocidal megalomania, and he wasn't open to the idea of foreign researchers poking around in his country, not the best combination for open research.

posted on Nov, 20 2009 @ 06:47 AM
Sadam tried to rebuild it

Did he anger TPTB or even god?

posted on Nov, 21 2009 @ 03:10 AM
First they are destroying it and then they mapped it?
What was the great idea to build a millitary base on the site at first place?
And when the american army started to ask for permission for anything?

The Talibans destroyed the Bamiyan Statues in Afganistan, but they (the talibans) were the bad guys. But the good (?!?) guys are also intentionally destroying ancient buildings and artefacts in Iraq (and other countries).

So whats the difference between the good and the bad?

On the other hand, everything that will help further exploration is welcome. If there is anything left after the army leaves

posted on Mar, 2 2010 @ 11:50 PM
Who knows what kind of amazing discoveries they have made over the last few years there...

posted on Mar, 3 2010 @ 03:11 PM
Very interesting. S&F.
One question: why National Geospatial Intellygence Agency is so interested on the ancient Iraq?

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