Tuesday, January 25, 2005
Priceless Iraqi artifacts stolen from the Iraq National Museum after the fall of Saddam Hussein were returned January 18 by U.S. Immigration and Customs officials who discovered them hidden in a traveler's suitcase 18 months ago.
Three Mesopotamian cylindrical seals, estimated to date back to between 2340 B.C. and 2180 B.C., were turned over to Iraq's ambassador to the United Nations, Samir Sumaida'ie, in a ceremony marking the first time artifacts taken from Iraq since 2003 were returned from the United States.
The selective memory of the people over at the SAEN is awe inspiring.
You can read an excellent summation here. There have been thousands of artifacts recovered since the invasion and you shouldn’t expect to read about every one of them in your local newspaper, but there are also thousands that are still missing.
Here is a list of the top 30 artifacts that went missing, some of which have since been recovered.
Of course the looting was also not just directed at art and antiquities. We also know that there was massive looting of arms and munitions, much of which is now fueling the insurgency.