America provides it Iraq Thousands of archaeological excavations have been looted over the past decades. Prime Minister Mustafa al-Qadimi will carry about 17,000 Mesopotamian artifacts on his return flight from Washington on Thursday, Culture Minister Hassan Naseem said in Baghdad on Wednesday. This is one of the largest archeological excavations in Iraq to date. This was preceded by months of efforts by Iraqi officials and the Iraqi embassy in Washington.
Iraq has been in power since the ancient sites were overthrown Saddam Hussein After the US-led invasion in 2003, it was heavily looted and damaged, mostly by organized mobs – but also by residents who sold the stolen property and saved their lives. About 15,000 artifacts have been stolen from the Iraqi National Museum in Baghdad alone. Many antique pieces were later finished at dealers in Europe or the United States.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the 3500-year-old clay tablet on the way back to Iraq is part of the Gilgamesh epic, which is temporarily on display at the Washington Bible Museum. The plate was confiscated in 2019 along with thousands of Iraqi cultural treasures in the museum and the museum’s founding company.
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