06 July 2001
Vol 293, Issue 5527

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COVER A 2700-year-old stone head from King Sargon II's capital of Dur-Sharrukin, today's Khorsabad in northern Iraq. Looters sawed the head off a statue in 1997, then sliced it into smaller pieces to smuggle it out of the country. In 1999, Iraqi police captured and executed 10 of the looters. The severed head, shown here in Baghdad's Iraq Museum awaiting restoration, was recovered. But thousands of other objects have been irretrievably lost in the past decade. 32 [Photo: John Russell]