U.S. Base Damages Ancient Babylonian Temple Camp Alpha, a U.S. military base in Iraq, was built directly on top of the ancient temple area of Babylon. The base's location was chosen to protect the archeological site from looters. Instead, the base has resulted in damage that some antiquities experts characterize as "horrifying." Hear NPR's Renee Montagne and archeologist John Russell.
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U.S. Base Damages Ancient Babylonian Temple

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U.S. Base Damages Ancient Babylonian Temple

U.S. Base Damages Ancient Babylonian Temple

U.S. Base Damages Ancient Babylonian Temple

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Camp Alpha, a U.S. military base in Iraq, was built directly on top of the ancient temple area of Babylon. The base's location was chosen to protect the archeological site from looters. Instead, the base has resulted in damage that some antiquities experts characterize as "horrifying." Hear NPR's Renee Montagne and archeologist John Russell.