March 12, 2015

Colonial Williamsburg offers to safeguard Iraqi relics

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An Iraqi woman walks in front of Assyrian mural sculptures on exhibit in Baghdad in this 2003 photo. One of the most significant archaeological finds of the 20th century, the Nimrud treasures -- excavated in the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud near present day Mosul-- date back to 900 B.C. and consist of gold artifacts and precious gems. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Radu Sigheti
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An Iraqi woman walks in front of Assyrian mural sculptures on exhibit in Baghdad in this 2003 photo. One of the most significant archaeological finds of the 20th century, the Nimrud treasures -- excavated in the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud near present day Mosul-- date back to 900 B.C. and consist of gold artifacts and precious gems. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Radu Sigheti HIGH RES: http://archives.religionnews.com/multimedia/photos/rns-isis-nimrud

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) Islamic State militants have systematically destroyed dozens of ancient temples, shrines, manuscripts, statues and carvings in northern Iraq.