Friday, June 13, 2003

Priceless treasures saved from looters of Baghdad museum
'Only a few dozen significant pieces, not thousands as originally reported, were stolen... The world-famous treasure of Nimrud, an extraordinary series of priceless 4,500-year-old gold artefacts, has been found in a flooded vault under the Iraqi National Bank. Other key parts of the museum's collection, including tens of thousands of Greek and Roman gold and silver coins, have been found in strongrooms in the Baghdad museum itself. Staff there now say that only 33 major items and around 2,000 minor works have gone.'

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