The 2003 Iraq War & Archaeology

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Posted by Tiglath from ( on Friday, July 11, 2003 at 12:24PM :

S. Zekri, "Der 3000 Jahre alte Schatz von Nimrud. Das Gold der Semiramis," in Süddeutsche Zeitung (Germany), July 3, 2003: the 57 kg of gold treasure is so valuable that no insurance company in the world is willing to insure it, so found out the Römisch-Germanische Museum in Mainz (germany) when they tried to organize an exhibition some years ago; interview with Dr. Michael Müller-Karpe: the only other find you can compare the Treasure of Nimrud with is the Tomb of Tutankhamon; there are 1,000s of artifacts; burials of Mullissu-mukannishat-Ninua, wife of Assurnasirpal II (9th cent. BC), Jaba, wife of Tiglatpileser III, and Atalia, wife of Sargon II; under the embargo, the Iraqis were afraid to allow the Treasure to travel abroad because they feared it might be confiscated; it will be interesting to find out more, hopefully, about the origins of individual pieces, e.g., only now did we learn that the golden pitcher was made in a region north of the Caucasus

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