Arm museum guards to prevent looting, says professorUS academic calls for armed guards to protect heritage sites from theft and damage in midst of conflict or disaster

11 Jul 2011 7:37 AM | Anonymous

Arm museum guards to prevent looting, says professorUS academic calls for armed guards to protect heritage sites from theft and damage in midst of conflict or disaster


Share  reddit this John Hooper in Rome guardian.co.uk, Sunday 10 July 2011 14.12 BST  larger | smaller Article history
An Assyrian statue at Iraq's national museum, in Baghdad. Photograph: Petros Giannakouris/AP
Museum guards and others tasked with protecting the world's cultural treasures should be routinely armed to defend heritage sites from the depredations of conflict, according to a leading expert.

Professor Lawrence Rothfield, faculty director of the University of Chicago's cultural policy centre, told the Guardian that ministries, foundations and local authorities "should not assume that the brutal policing job required to prevent looters and professional art thieves from carrying away items is just one for the national police or for other forces not under their direct control".

http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2011/jul/10/arm-museum-guards-looting-war/print

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