The British Museum is all set to return a collectotion of 5000-year-old looted antiquities to Iraq. On Thursday, the British Museum issued a statement about returning this collection that was seized from a London dealer shortly after the US-led invasion in 2003. The eight objects were confiscated by police in May that year after the dealer failed to produce proof of ownership, and were passed to the museum for analysis earlier this year.

Three of the objects carry Sumerian inscriptions which identify their origin as the Eninnu temple in the ancient city of Girsu, now known as Tello, in southern Iraq. The objects include three fired clay cones, each with an identical cuneiform inscription which has been seen on many other items, and references the deity Ningirsu. There is also a polished, yellowish river pebble and a fragmentary white gypsum mace-head, both of them also inscribed.

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