Hidden Treasures


Since the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq, priceless treasures have gone missing. Countless artifacts dating back thousands of years have been stolen or lost from the National Museum of Iraq. Antiquities officials have called it the crime of the century.

See two of such lost treasures below.


One of many ancient treasures that went missing during the war in Iraq, this gold helmet of King Meskalamdug, ruler of Ur, dates back to 2,400 B.C.


This carved steatite bowl from the ancient city of Ur is more than 5,000 years old. It is one of countless treasures that were lost or looted from Iraqi museums during the recent war in Iraq.

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