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Via Antipixel, an article on the extent of the looting of archaeological sites in Iraq over the past year.

In modern times, however, these seals have become highly desirable collectors’ items, which often sell for astronomical prices at auction. Many of the seals from the Iraq Museum could end up in the hands of collectors worldwide, never to be seen again.

Quite how someone who calls themselves a collecter can simply take one of these items, very likely knowing it was looted, and hide it away for their own personal pleasure eludes me.

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