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5/07/2003

U-S recovers 40-thousand manuscripts, 700 artifacts missing from Iraq museum
Artifacts and manuscripts recovered from museum looting...


AP -- The U-S has recovered thousands of manuscripts and hundreds of artifacts missing from Iraq's National Museum. Among the items found are a seven-thousand-year-old clay pot and a cornerstone from King Nebuchadnezzar's ancient palace.

In all, U-S officials say they've found nearly 40-thousand manuscripts and 700 artifacts that disappeared during looting in Baghdad.

Some of the items thought to be missing were actually hidden in vaults before the war in Iraq began. Officials say people returned others once they heard about amnesty and potential rewards.

It's not clear how many priceless artifacts are still missing. Officials know of 38 major artifacts that are gone, but some experts say thousands of items could already have gone out of the country.

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