Manhattan DA returns Iraqi antiquities looted in 2003

The Manhattan district attorney’s office returned antiquities to Iraqi officials that were looted from the Iraq Museum in Baghdad amid the United States-led 2003 invasion of that country.

The items, seven cylinder and stamp seals dated back as far as 2,700 B.C.E., were taken to the United States and bought by a private collector between 2004 and 2009, officials said.

One of the seals resurfaced in a March 2021 online auction, according to from the Manhattan district attorney’s office.

Four cylinder seals returned to Iraq by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. The office said in a release the pieces could be dated between 2,700 B.C.E. and 539 B.C.E. and were

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