UK: Artifacts looted from Iraq to be returned, with help from British Museum
In London, a group of 8 historic objects from Iraq seized in a Metropolitan Police raid are now going back to Iraq, thanks to the British Museum. The items were suspected to be looted and seized from a now defunct London dealer in a Metropolitan Police operation on 2 May 2003. The dealer failed to supply proof of ownership, subsequently ceased trading and the objects passed to the Crown and then to the British Museum for analysis this year.
The objects were identified by Museum experts as being from Iraq, specifically from the site of Tello in Southern Iraq, where the British Museum’s Iraq Emergency Heritage Management Training Scheme has been conducting archaeological excavations since 2016.