Date of Award

5-2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Anthropology

First Advisor

Beverly Chiarulli, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Benjamin Ford, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Laurie Rush, Ph.D.

Abstract

At the 1954 meeting of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), 123 nations signed the Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property during Armed Conflict. The US ratified the 1954 Convention in 2008 following public outcry after incidents such as the looting of the Iraq National Museum in Baghdad. The US Department of Defense (DOD) has placed an increased importance on cultural property protection and general cultural awareness. The intent of this thesis project was to create realistic training scenarios that could be used by the military to educate soldiers about the importance of cultural property protection and how it affects the military mission. It became clear that cultural property specialists of various academic backgrounds are often unaware of how to appropriately engage the military and implement training plans. This research identifies precursors required before presenting line troops with training scenarios designed to develop greater awareness of cultural properties on the battlefield.

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