UGA Heritage:

Captain Ben Roberts (MHP ’10) named Modern Monument Man


The Alumni Association was very excited to learn that Captain Ben Roberts (MHP ’10) has been named a Modern Monument Man by the Department of Defense’s Combatant Command Cultural Heritage Action Group.

The Modern Monument Man award recognizes individuals who have gone above and beyond the duty to protect cultural property during armed conflict.

While deployed to Iraq, Robertson managed a project to improve the tourism infrastructure around the 4,500-year-old walled structure at Aqar Quof, located between Baghdad and Falluja. This structure served as the seat of power in Mesopotamia for 400 years.

Roberts reflects on his work, “The scope was for the renovation of the once thriving visitor center, museum, café and surrounding public space.” Roberts also supported hiring local contractors to rehabilitate the site.

Roberts’s role in the preservation and protection of this site has ensured that it will continue to serve important symbolic and economic roles in the Iraqi community for years to come.

Thank you for your service to your country, Ben. Congratulations on your honor!

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