[Ancientartifacts] Seals returned to Iraq

Stolen antiquities found in U.S. returned to Iraq


Iraq took delivery on Monday of several ancient artefacts seized by U.S.
customs officers in Philadelphia after being looted from Baghdad's national
museum during the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.

At a ceremony in Baghdad, Iraq's foreign minister, Hoshiyar Zebari, handed
over the recovered relics to the country's antiquities minister, Mohammed

Nestled in a protective foam casing inside a small square box were 11
cylinder seals made from agate and alabaster. They once hung around the
necks of important men of state and were used to affix their personal stamps
to documents.


Antiquities Ministry spokesman Abdul-Zahra al-Talagani said the artefacts
were found in the U.S. city of Philadelphia by customs officials last month
and handed over to the Iraqi embassy in Washington. He did not know the
circumstances of their discovery.


Dave Welsh
Unidroit-L Listowner


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