The Council for Australian-Arab Relations will sponsor a visit to Baghdad by Dr Daniel Potts, Professor of Middle Eastern archaeology at the University of Sydney.
As a first step in the restoration of the Iraq Museum, and working closely with other international organisations, Professor Potts will help curators re-establish records that were partially destroyed in the recent looting. The Council will also donate a lap top computer, software, a scanner and camera to the Museum for future record-keeping. Reconstructing the records will help identify stolen items and this information will be shared with local and international authorities to help recover as many of the items as possible.
Professor Potts is a world-renowned archaeologist and has previously conducted excavations and archaeological fieldwork in the region. He will travel to Baghdad as soon as the security situation allows.
The Council deeply regrets the loss of the museum's treasures. This loss is a tragedy for the Iraqi people, the Arab world and for us all.
Media contact: Clare Birgin, Council Secretariat (02) 62613692