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One of the eight items returning to Iraq, a Sumerian clay cone from the Eninnu temple complex at Girsu.

Sumerian relics go back to Iraq

Eight Sumerian antiquities seized by the Metropolitan Police from a London dealer in 2003 are to be returned to Iraq after identification by the British Museum.

The assemblage of small Jemdet Nasr period objects – a marble bull pendant, a gypsum mace head, two stamp seals, an inscribed pebble and three clay cones bearing cuneiform script – has spent 15 years in the hands of the British state after the dealer (who has now ceased trading) failed to supply proof of ownership.

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