Lebanon returns 337 artifacts of different eras to Iraq


On Sunday, the Lebanese Ministry of Culture handed over to Iraq 337 ancient artifacts that have been on display in a Lebanese museum for many years.

The items, including clay tablets, were returned by Culture Minister Mohammed Murtada to Iraq’s ambassador to Lebanon in a ceremony held at the National Museum of Beirut.

Murtada told Iraq’s state news agency in a report on Saturday that a Lebanese commission had been investigating the items since 2018.

The most recent artifacts have been stored at the private Nabu Museum in northern Lebanon. The report gave no further details on the origin of the artifact.

“We are celebrating the handover of 337 artifacts from different eras of civilizations in Mesopotamia,” Iraqi Ambassador to Lebanon Haider Shyaa Al-Barrak said at the ceremony. This will not be the last handover, he added, without explaining the details.

Many Iraqi artifacts have been looted during the country’s decades of war and unrest, mostly since the 2003 US-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.

The Iraqi government has been slowly restoring looted artifacts since then. However, archaeological sites around the country continue to be neglected due to lack of funding.

According to Iraqi authorities, at least half a dozen shipments of antiquities and documents have been returned to Iraqi museums since 2016.

Copyright 2022 Fort Myers Broadcasting Company. Copyright Registered. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without prior written consent.

https://www.winknews.com/2022/02/06/lebanon-returns-337-artifacts-of-different-eras-to-iraq/ Lebanon returns 337 artifacts of different eras to Iraq

Aila Slisco

Aila Slisco is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Aila Slisco joined Dailynationtoday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: ailaslisco@dailynationtoday.com.

Related Articles

Back to top button