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Preserving Cultural Heritage in Time of Conflict: A Tool for Counterinsurgency

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This chapter has two goals. The first goal is to inform archaeological and military communities about the importance of cooperation to protect and preserve cultural property in the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT). The second goal is to demonstrate how the principles and application of counterinsurgency (COIN) can serve as a device for antiquities protection and heritage preservation in time of conflict. The archaeologists working with the military are responsible for advising the commanding officer on the best cultural and archaeological courses of action. Archaeologists not only do what is within their professional boundaries to win the war, but also to preserve and protect the archaeological record, sites, and monuments - not for the purpose of saving artifacts but for the sake of saving human life. A cultural heritage policy may enable the war fighters to better acknowledge and utilize sites of national heritage for different phases of operation.

Keywords:archaeological communities; counterinsurgency; cultural heritage; Global War on Terrorism (GWOT); military communities



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