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Iraqi police seize stash of 39 Sumerian artifacts
January 5, 2010, 10:38 pm
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Iraqi police seize stash of 4,000-year-old statues before they are smuggled over the border.

Iraqi police on Tuesday seized a small cache of ancient statues and other artifacts in the south of the country that officials said were set to be smuggled out of the country and sold.

Iraq, home to world’s most ancient urban civilizations, has had its priceless heritage plundered and sold to collectors abroad in the chaotic years since the U.S.-led invasion.

The 39 artifacts were discovered stashed in a hole near a shrine outside the southern city of Nasiriyah, said a police official. They included statues and shards with writing on them dating back to the ancient Sumerian civilization, which is more than 4,000 years old. The official had previously said 29 artifacts had been discovered.

More on Iraqi stash.

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