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Friday, April 21, 2006

Stolen Treasures

Matthew Bogdanos is a unique blend of warrior and art enthusiast who’s been called the Indiana Jones of Baghdad. After the war in Iraq started and the city fell in 2003, Colonel Bogdanos lead the mission to find priceless artifacts that had been stolen from the Iraq National Museum. His efforts have resulted in the recovery of more than 5,000 antiquities that had been scattered across six nations.

Present-day Iraq lies above the remains of legendary empires such as Babylon, Ur and Ninevah. Over the years archeologists have unearthed pottery, jewelry and cuneiform tablets thousands of years old, and these priceless historical relics had been preserved in the museum. Colonel Bogdanos detailed what it took to get them back in his book “Thieves of Baghdad: One Marine’s Passion for Ancient Civilizations and the Journey to Recover the World’s Greatest Stolen Treasures.”

On Tuesday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m., Colonel Bogdanos will discuss his book and his adventures in a special presentation at the Alden Theatre of the McLean Community Center. This event is free; tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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