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Ancient Iraqi archaeological pieces on display in London

The rare pieces were discovered in the city of Nimrud in modern day Iraq and excavated between 1949 and 1963

Ancient Iraqi archaeological pieces on display in London
A technician at the British Museum prepares to hold a piece of carved ivory from ancient Assyria recently acquired by the British Museum on March 7, 2011 in London, England (Getty Images)
Ancient Iraqi archaeological pieces on display in London
A technician at the British Museum prepares to hold a piece of carved ivory from ancient Assyria recently acquired by the British Museum on March 7, 2011 in London, England. The 6000 carved, decorated pieces known as the Nimrud Ivories date from the 9th to 7th Century BC and were made near the Mediterranean coast. They were discovered in the city of Nimrud in modern day Iraq and excavated by the British Institute for Study of Iraq between 1949 and 1963. (Getty Images)
Ancient Iraqi archaeological pieces on display in London
Pieces of carved ivory from ancient Assyria recently acquired by the British Museum are displayed on March 7, 2011 in London, England (Getty Images)
Ancient Iraqi archaeological pieces on display in London
A technician at the British Museum holds a piece of carved ivory from ancient Assyria recently acquired by the British Museum on March 7, 2011 in London, England (Getty Images)
Ancient Iraqi archaeological pieces on display in London
Pieces of carved ivory from ancient Assyria recently acquired by the British Museum are displayed on March 7, 2011 in London, England (Getty Images)
Ancient Iraqi archaeological pieces on display in London
A technician at the British Museum holds a piece of carved ivory from ancient Assyria recently acquired by the British Museum on March 7, 2011 in London, England (Getty Images)
Ancient Iraqi archaeological pieces on display in London
Technicians at the British Museum hold a piece of carved ivory from ancient Assyria recently acquired by the British Museum on March 7, 2011 in London, England (Getty Images)
Ancient Iraqi archaeological pieces on display in London
The shadow of a technician at the British Museum is posed to hold a piece of carved ivory from ancient Assyria recently acquired by the British Museum on March 7, 2011 in London, England (Getty Images)