Delaware officials return stolen artifacts to Iraq

19 Feb 2011 11:33 AM | Anonymous

Delaware officials return stolen artifacts to Iraq
Items were recovered during smuggling probe

3:04 AM, Feb. 19, 2011  |  1Comments

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The News Journal

Prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney's Office for Delaware were in Washington Friday to return 25 ancient Iraqi artifacts that were recovered as part of a recent investigation into art smuggling.

Assistant U.S. Attorney David L. Hall said the items -- all small clay tablets or cones with cuneiform writing on them dating to 300 to 1,500 B.C. -- were recovered from a California antiquities dealer in July 2010.

No one has been charged in the case, but the investigation is ongoing, Hall said, adding they were likely looted from an ancient site in Iraq -- rather than stolen from a museum -- and then smuggled out of the country.

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