July 10, 2003
Release Number: 03-07-34
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
COALITION FORCES SEIZE STOLEN IRAQI ARTIFACTS
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Soldiers from the 422nd Civil Affairs Battalion seized 12 Iraqi artifacts while conducting a raid on a residence of a suspected smuggler here on July 7.
The artifacts consisted of miniature statues, a skull and a clay bowl. A local archeologist determined one of the artifacts to be pre-Samarian, dated 3000 – 3200 BC. According to the archeologist, all of the pieces had been previously at the Baghdad Museum.
The artifacts were found wrapped in towels in a rice bag in the residence along with AK-47s, grenades, several million Iraqi dinar and communications equipment.
Coalition forces also detained two prospective buyers. All individuals are being detained pending further investigation.
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