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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 13, March 30, 2008, Article 36

COINS AMONG ARTIFACTS RETURNED TO IRAQI MUSEUM

Ordinary people have surrendered 2050 artifacts to antiquities
officials in southern Iraq, according to a senior Antiquities
Department archaeologist.

The pieces were handed over to the Ministry of Tourism and
Antiquities in a ceremony in Baghdad, said Ali Kadhem.

Kadhem heads the Antiquities Departmentís branch in the
southern Province of Nasiriya, home to some of the most
fascinating remains of the Sumerian civilization, including
their fabulous capital city of Ur.

He said 1100 pieces were metal coins belonging to various
Mesopotamian epochs.

"The collection is bound to enrich the magnificent
possessions of Iraq Museumís numismatics gallery," he said.

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