|The Mudville Gazette|
Tuesday, May 06, 2003
READ THIS BEFORE YOU PUT YOUR MAX BID ON THAT STONE TABLET FROM SUMER
This updated version of events about Iraq's National Museum is getting so much media coverage that I hesitate to include it here...
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- The vast majority of the Iraqi trove of antiquities feared destroyed or stolen from the National Museum in Baghdad have been found inside the museum, according to American investigators who compiled an inventory over the weekend of the ransacked galleries.
A total of 38 pieces, not tens of thousands, are now thought to be missing. Among them is a single display of Babylonian cuneiform tablets that accounts for nine missing items. The most valuable missing piece is the Vase of Warka, a white limestone bowl dating from 3000 B.C.
"There is no comparison in the level of destruction seen in the museum and that seen the administrative offices," Bogdanos said. "It's absolute wanton destruction in the offices. We didn't see anywhere near that destruction in the museum. (People) stole what they could use. They left the antiquities."
I'll bet those office lamps looked a lot like antiquities. And of course, the gift shop versions of the ancient crown of Ur. Those are all over ebay now...