Did ISIS Destroy Replicas at Mosul Museum?

  • February 28, 2015 16:37

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Still from the video of the ISIS attack on Nineveh Museum, Mosul, Iraq.

The attack on antiquities by ISIS militants at the Nineveh Museum in Mosul, Iraq, last week might not have been as damaging as appears in the video. Experts say many of the statues destroyed in the propaganda piece were actually replicas.

An Assyrian winged bull sculpture dating from the 7th century was likely the original and a loss.

"According to archaeologists, most if not all the statues in the Mosul museum are replicas not originals," reports Channel 4 News, London. The pieces crumble easily in the video because replicas are made of plaster, say experts.

“According to the British Institute," adds Channel 4, “the originals were taken to Baghdad for safekeeping. ISIS probably wouldn't care about the distinction. One false idol is the same as another."

Read more at channel 4


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