by The Associated Press Posted Aug 9 2018 95

first_img by The Associated Press Posted Aug 9, 2018 9:53 am PDT Last Updated Aug 9, 2018 at 10:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LONDON – The British Museum says it’s handing back to Iraq a group of 5,000-year-old antiquities looted from the country after the U.S.-led 2003 invasion.The museum said Thursday that the eight items, including clay cones with cuneiform inscriptions and a bull-shaped marble pennant, were seized by British police in 2003 from a now-defunct London art dealer. Earlier this year, police handed them to the museum, where experts determined they came from a temple at Tello, southern Iraq.The museum says it will give the artifacts to Iraq’s ambassador Friday.Ancient Mesopotamia — modern-day Iraq — was the cradle of urban civilization, and pre-war Iraq’s museums held priceless, collections from the Assyrian, Sumerian and Babylonian cultures.The British Museum is working with Iraqi archaeologists to help preserve the country’s ancient sites. British Museum to return looted antiquities to Iraqlast_img

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