News of the WeekPOSTWAR IRAQ

Assyrian Gold Safe as Looters Threaten Southern Sites

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Science  06 Jun 2003:
Vol. 300, Issue 5625, pp. 1488
DOI: 10.1126/science.300.5625.1488

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BAGHDAD--Science has learned that the bulk of the Iraq National Museum's most precious artifacts are secure in a secret storage area on the museum grounds. But in recent weeks archaeologists have witnessed hundreds of looters pillaging sites throughout southern Iraq.