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Iraqi National Museum Deputy Director Mushin Hasan holds his head in his hands as he sits on destroyed artifacts April 13, 2003 in Baghdad, Iraq. http://digitaljournalist.org/issue0305/pcox.html
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Holes: Looting in Photos is an effort to bring together many images of looted archaeological sites and looted artifacts to more effectively present what our destroyed human past actually looks like. By displaying both the individual artifacts/sites alongside the repetition of countless holes, dug up bodies, and defaced stone, I hope to provide a different kind of resource for learning about looting, as well as a more meaningful comprehension of the overwhelming global scale.
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Breaks your heart. This seems like a really wonderful and wrenching project.
On a related note, always, always, always be cautious when acquiring new artifacts. Make sure the provenance is solid. People who are willing to loot a museum will have no problem selling what they grab to other institutions.