Civil Affairs Arts, Monuments, and Archives Guide   [open pdf - 448KB]

"The cultural heritage of a country is its soul, its memory, and its meaning. In the past, plunder has often followed warfare and natural disaster. Archaeological finds are like words of a poem: their meaning and value depend on their physical arrangement and context. When they are removed from their context, they might be pretty, but their original meaning is lost. The loss of information is permanent. Damage to historic monuments, religious buildings, and sacred places such as shrines or cemeteries can occur accidentally when they are in the midst of warfare or disaster. This aid is intended to guide soldiers' decisions and action until heritage professional can be summoned to the scene. Any soldier concerned with or placed in a situation where he/she is responsible for the protection, safeguarding, preservation, restoration, or rehabilitation of and restitution to their rightful owners of damaged or endangered cultural property within areas under military control should use this aid."

Report Number:
GTA 41-01-002
Public Domain
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U.S. Army Combined Arms Center, Disaster Relief: http://call.army.mil/katrina/disaster_relief/index.asp
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