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picture 26 Apr 2003 @ 17:05, by Raymond Powers

This site is highly incomplete at this point. We will continue to add pictures over the next few weeks as we acquire them; a searchable object database is planned as a second phase for the website, to be developed over the next few weeks.

In the world of Mesopotamian archaeology, no other museum could rival the collections from the Iraq Museum. Spanning a time from before 9,000 B.C. well into to the Islamic period they included some of the earliest tools man ever made, painted polychrome ceramics from the 6th millennium B.C., a relief-decorated cult vase from Uruk, famous gold treasures from the Royal Cemetery at Ur, Sumerian votive statues from Tell Asmar, Assyrian reliefs and bull figures from Assyrian capitals of Nimrud, Nineveh, and Khorsabad, to Islamic pottery and coins--an unrivaled treasure not only for Iraq, but for all of mankind.

In the days following the conquest of Baghdad the Iraq Museum was looted. Reports on the damage vary--the number of lost or stolen objects varies between 50,000 to 200,000. Irrespective of numbers, the losses not only to the world of a archaeology but to mankind in general are tremendous .

This site contains Oriental Institute images of objects from the Iraq Museum, sorted by categories. Other images were scanned from books and are posted here with permission of the publishers:

Eva Strommenger. Fünf Jahrtausende Mesopotamien. München: Hirmer Verlag. 1962.

In addition, several institutions and individuals generously contributed pictures from their own holdings--their help is gratefully acknowledged here. It is hoped that it will be of use as a reference tool in the recovery of artifacts should they appear on the antiquities market.

Naturally, this site is highly incomplete at this point. We will continue to add pictures over the next few weeks as we acquire them; a searchable object database is planned as a second phase for the website, to be developed over the next few weeks.

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29 Apr 2003 @ 05:28 by ashanti : More going on that we know
The looting of Iraqi artefacts is an indication of the extent of what is going down right now - its BIG, and the significance cannot be underestimated.  


26 Mar 2004 @ 22:43 by lla @202.91.192.112 : ?
is this site about the royal cemeterty of ur?  


7 Jun 2005 @ 19:19 by Clarice @204.10.224.2 : the war
You are all greedy capitalist pigs! Why would you go and steal treasures from Iraqi people! You should be ashamed to call yourselves archeologists and academics! I believe that we should try to recover and return these treasures, not exploit the situation to steal!  


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