Iraqi National Museum receives 1,000 antiquities unearthed at sites south of Baghdad

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aqi archaeologists working in a city south of Baghdad unearthed more than 1,000
antiquities and delivered them Monday to the National Museum, which has struggled to rebuild its
collection since it was looted in the U.S.-led invasion.

The museum has been closed to the public since 2003, but curators have been trying to recover some
of the 15,000 stolen relics and piece together a collection.

Qais Hussein, who directs Iraqi archaeological digs, said the antiquities presented Monday were
discovered by three teams at the beginning of the year in the Shiite city of Diwaniyah, 130
kilometers (80 miles) south of Baghdad.

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