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Creating the Iraq cultural property destruction database: calculating a heritage destruction index

Isakhan, Benjamin 2015, Creating the Iraq cultural property destruction database: calculating a heritage destruction index, International journal of heritage studies, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 1-21, doi: 10.1080/13527258.2013.868818.

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Title Creating the Iraq cultural property destruction database: calculating a heritage destruction index
Author(s) Isakhan, Benjamin
Journal name International journal of heritage studies
Volume number 21
Issue number 1
Start page 1
End page 21
Total pages 21
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2015-01
ISSN 1352-7258
1470-3610
Keyword(s) Iraq
damage
heritage
database
destruction
cultural property
Summary Over the past decade there have been constant reports of damage to significant cultural property in several complex (post-)conflict and (post-)revolutionary states. Recent events in Syria, Mali, Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Afghanistan and Iraq – as devastating as they have been for people – have also had dramatic consequences for a number of important cultural heritage sites. Despite the severity of these events and global concern, the field of heritage studies has not developed a methodology for cataloguing such heritage destruction in a database. Addressing this paucity in the literature, this article details the methodology developed to produce the Iraq Cultural Property Destruction database, the world’s first database to document the destruction of cultural property in Iraq. This article also documents the calculation of the Heritage Destruction Index – a scale for measuring both the heritage ‘significance’ of a site and the overall level of destruction. Finally, this article also demonstrates the manifold uses of such a database in measuring and monitoring heritage destruction in Iraq. This study therefore sets a significant precedent in heritage studies by providing methods that can be applied to other contexts (past, present and future) to document the destruction of cultural property in complex contexts.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13527258.2013.868818
Field of Research 210202 Heritage and Cultural Conservation
Socio Economic Objective 950307 Conserving the Historic Environment
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2014, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30060261

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation
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Created: Tue, 04 Feb 2014, 15:15:30 EST by Benjamin Isakhan

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