Colonial Williamsburg may help guard Iraq relics imperiled by ISIS

By REUTERS
March 12, 2015 00:17

 
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WASHINGTON - Colonial Williamsburg, the living museum devoted to preserving early American history, has offered to help Iraqi cultural experts safely store relics threatened with destruction by Islamic State militants, a spokesman said on Wednesday.

The museum in Williamsburg, Virginia, has drafted an offer to work with the Iraq State Board of Antiquities and Heritage and other Iraqi archaeological and historical organizations to help protect and preserve artifacts of historical and cultural importance that are at risk, according to spokesman Joe Straw.

Colonial Williamsburg president Mitchell Reiss, a former senior US diplomat, said the museum would accept all the Iraqi artifacts it can handle.

"At Colonial Williamsburg, we well know that a nation's past is a foundation for its future," Reiss said in a statement.

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