Norway seizes 100 Iraqi archaeological objects

Norway seizes 100 Iraqi archaeological objects

Norwegian police said Friday they have seized nearly 100 Mesopotamian archaeological artefacts, claimed by Iraq, from a collector. “The seizure involves what are presumed to be cuneiform tablets and other archaeological objects from Mesopotamia, modern-day Iraq … considered important to the world’s historical cultural heritage,” the police said in a statement. The objects were seized during a search of a collector’s house in southeast Norway. They are the subject of a restitution request from Iraqi authorities to the Norwegian Ministry of Culture. “A restitution procedure has been initiated, but an expert review must first be carried out to determine the origin and authenticity of these objects and the Iraqi authorities must document their request,” prosecutor Maria Bache Dahl told AFP. The collector in question is contesting the Iraqi request, she said, adding
Norwegian police said Friday they have seized nearly 100 Mesopotamian archaeological artefacts, claimed by Iraq, from a collector. “The seizure involves what are presumed to be cuneiform tablets and other archaeological objects from Mesopotamia, modern-day Iraq … considered important to the world’s historical cultural heritage,” the police said in a statement. The objects were seized during a search of a collector’s house in southeast Norway. They are the subject of a restitution request from Iraqi authorities to the Norwegian Ministry of Culture. “A restitution procedure has been initiated, but an expert review must first be carried out to determine the origin and authenticity of these objects and the Iraqi authorities must document their request,” prosecutor Maria Bache Dahl told AFP. The collector in question is contesting the Iraqi request, she said, adding