Friday, 10 August 2018

Sumerian antiquities seized from dealer returned to Iraq

After years in police storage, 8 objects were taken to the British Museum for analysis. They were quickly identified as being from the site of ancient Girsu (modern Tello) in Southern Iraq, where the British Museum has been conducting archaeological excavations since 2016.

Inscriptions linked the cones with the Eninnu temple complex at Girsu, with the other items identical to objects known from excavations at the same site.
It's believed the eight objects were removed from the site in 2003 around the time of the fall of Saddam Hussein.