Iraqi government released information about ancient artefacts found in houses used by ISIS in recaptures zones of Mosul. Experts confirmed the objects being genuine archaeological relics, among which are clay pots, Palace Ware pottery, a large hand mill and a handful of large vases. The artefacts date back thousands of years to the Assyrian Empire and are believed to have been dug up from the Nineveh ruins and the ancient Assyrian capital, Nimrud.
The tip came from a local resident as the army was doing a tour of homes in the former Christian area of Mosul. The said house was said to have been used by an ISIS emir. When the special forces searched this one house, many priceless artefacts were discovered. The army also found documents detailing the contents of the haul of artefacts in an ISIS official’s home in the Az-Zirai neighbourhood. The Islamist group kept a record of each of the items, along with an estimated price each relic could reach.
(after ABC News, 9News, Mosul Eye, Iraqi government handout, Daily Telegraph & International Business Times)