Nimrod Treasure Safe at Central Bank of Iraq

Piero Cordone, the adviser on cultural affairs in Iraq stated, “Even if it’s just two rooms, my goal is to open it by September to highlight the resumption of cultural activity in the country.” The exhibit would include the treasure of Nimrod which had been stored in the Central Bank of Iraq. Cordone also commented that the inventory of the cultural works showed between 1,800 and 2,000 exhibits missing from the archaeological museum.

He said: “There were about 3 000 to 3 500 works stolen and, out of that, only 1 200 were recovered. Among the missing items were about 30 that were priceless. There are 650 bracelets, necklaces, royal tiaras, golden objects and semi-precious stones which were placed in the bank vaults during the 1991 Gulf War. We will check they are still there, do an inventory, clean them and then put them on show. It’s an exceptional collection.”

The Nimrod treasure was discovered in 1988-1989 by Iraqi archaeologists in the tombs of Assyrian queens and princes from the 8th and 9th centuries BC.

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