March 16, 2009

The National Museum of Iraq

Posted in Uncategorized tagged at 8:03 am by classicalmusic

Now here is one of the most significant museums of the world, if you can get there.

For the first time since 2003, the Iraqi National Museum is open again. The museum is the collection place for over 5,000 priceless artifacts that date back to the dawn of history. Although thousands more pieces were looted and are currently showing up around the world in the black market, the current collection holds pieces that are a must see for any serious scholar of ancient civilization.

Ancient Iraq played host to many significant empires including those of the Babylonians, Sumerians, and Islamic Caliphate. Long referred to as the “Cradle of Civilization” the land is considered to be where man first developed large scale, sophisticated sedentary communities. Some of the artifacts in the collection date back over ten thousand years! There is even evidence of some of the earliest writing by human beings, etched into stones that are prominently on display on the museum’s ground floor.

A great deal of work must still be done to restore the museum to its full potential. years of neglect and looting have taken their toll. But the museum staff is eager for the challenge and hope to have the entire facility restored within five years. So for the history buff who believes he or she has seen everything, this is one stop you cannot miss.

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