Archaeology treasures from the cradle of civilization

April 2, 2013: A cosmetic container carved from stone, found near Ur is displayed at the Iraqi National Museum in Baghdad, Iraq. The museum is home to some of the world’s most precious artifacts of ancient Mesopotamia. Yet ten years after it was looted and smashed by frenzied thieves during the U.S.-led invasion in 2003 to topple Saddam Hussein, it’s still far from ready for a public re-opening.


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