FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Royal Ontario Museum Senior Curator to discuss "The Looting of Baghdad": February 24 at Trent University
Dr. E. Keall to visit Trent University's Lady Eaton College
Friday, February 20, 2004, Peterborough
Lady Eaton College and the Trent University Archaeological Research Centre are pleased to present Dr. E. Keall of the Royal Ontario Museum to discuss "The Looting of Baghdad" on Tuesday, February 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lady Eaton College Dining Hall.
Everyone is welcome to attend the event. Admission is free of charge.
Dr. Keall is a senior curator and head of the Department of Near Eastern & Asian Civilizations at the Royal Ontario Museum. His particular area of expertise is in Middle Eastern Art and Archaeology, including Iraq (the subject of his Doctoral dissertation), Iran, and Yemen. Since 1982, he has been the director of Canadian excavations at the Islamic site of Zabid in Yemen, on the Red Sea.
The invasion of Iraq in 2003 opened the door for rampant looting of both the Baghdad Museum and a number of important archaeological sites in Iraq. The extent of this looting was revealed last fall in the CBC documentary entitled, "Robbing the Cradle of Civilization." At the lecture, in conjunction with showing the CBC documentary, Dr. Keall will update the situation and address the disturbing questions at the core of the looting of Iraq. This looting is particularly devastating for the cultural heritage of Iraq because of the significance and uniqueness of the artifacts.
For further information, please contact Arndt Kruger, Principal, Lady Eaton College,