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Dutch government returns stolen antiquities to Iraq

The Dutch government has returned dozens of stolen antiquities back to Iraq.

The 69 pieces include cylindrical stone seals older than 2000 B.C. and a terra-cotta relief depicting a bearded man praying.

“These things should not be bought and sold,” said Diederik Meijer, an archaeologist with the Dutch National Museum for Antiquities, which will display the treasures before they are returned to Iraq.

Meijer declined to put a value on the artifacts, saying it could encourage illegal trade.

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