5,000-year-old artefacts to be returned to Iraq by the British Museum

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Precious antiquities up to 5,000 years old are to be returned to Iraq by the British Museum, 15 years after they were looted during the 2003 war. The eight objects were seized by British police in May 2003, two months after the US-led invasion of Iraq, from a now defunct dealer in London who failed to provide any official paperwork.

The British Museum announced that it is returning the pilfered collection after identifying the exact temple the items came from as a result of a unique piece of archaeological detective work.