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Smiling terra cotta haniwa figurine unearthed in Japan

A terra cotta haniwa figurine has been unearthed from a fourth-century tomb in Sakurai, Japan. It is the oldest such figurine yet found. The figurine, which is holding a shield and appears to be smiling, was apparently meant to guard the Chihara Ohaka tomb, the Sakurai board of education said Thursday. [tweetmeme][Full

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,

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