Sale of Nineveh Fragments Exposes Looting Network

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Science  06 Jul 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5527, pp. 37
DOI: 10.1126/science.293.5527.37

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MOSUL-- When invaders burned the palace of Assyrian King Sennacherib here in 612 B.C., hundreds of massive, elaborately carved stone slabs were buried under meters of debris. What the enemy troops failed to destroy 2600 years ago, looters encouraged by the Western and Japanese thirst for antiquities have been vanquishing in the past 10. On a recent visit, smashed stones littered the ground where whole slabs once stood.

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