Sumerian gold jar, other relics returned to Iraq

30 Jan 2012 10:02 AM | Anonymous

Sumerian gold jar, other relics returned to Iraq

BAGHDAD | Mon Jan 30, 2012 10:23am EST

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A 6,500-year-old Sumerian gold jar, the head of a Sumerian battle axe and a stone from an Assyrian palace were among 45 relics returned to Iraq by Germany on Monday.

The items were among thousands stolen from Iraq's museums and archeological sites in the mayhem that followed the U.S.-led invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein in 2003.

The tiny gold jar, dating to 4,500 BC, the bronze axe head, clay tablets bearing cuneiform script, a metal amulet and other artifacts were seized by German police at public auctions and turned over to Iraqi officials in a ceremony at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/30/us-iraq-artefacts-idUSTRE80T12J20120130

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