In pictures: Basra Museum unveils 'looted' artefacts
Over 2,000 artefacts, including about 100 that were looted and found abroad went on display in the Basra Museum, the second largest in Iraq.
People visit one of the three newly opened galleries in southern Iraq's Basra museum on Tuesday. Over 2,000 artefacts, including about 100 that were looted and found abroad, were unveiled in Basra museum. Located in a former palace of deposed dictator Saddam Hussein. The heritage of Iraq, most of which was former Mesopotamia, has paid a heavy price due to the wars that have ravaged the country for nearly four decades. 100 artefacts -- most of which came from Jordan and the United States -- were given back to Iraq to be displayed in the museum. Between 2,000 and 2,500 pieces went on display in the Basra Museum They date from 6000 BC to 1500 AD.