The remains of the ancient famed city of Babylon sit in the fertile Mesopotamian plain between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers about fifty miles south of Baghdad in Iraq. Its hanging gardens were one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. In more recent times it has been subject to the ‘care’ of the Americans during their invasion of Iraq in 2003 which included protecting it from looters, whilst also levelling parts of it in order to make parking space for HGVs and a landing area for helicopters. I visited in 2012 when the Americans had ended their illegal occupation, and despite the damage done by both the American’s and Saddam before them, the work continues there to preserve and find out more about this important place in human history.