In Iraq’s national museum, home to some of the world’s most precious artifacts of ancient Mesopotamia, a caption beside a skeleton simply reads in English: “dated to very old time.” And some of the museum’s most impressive pieces carry no labels at all — like a giant stone head lying on the ground that may or may not belong on a nearby empty pedestal labeled “Assyrian King Nimrod,” the Biblical tormentor of the patriarch Abraham.

(16-04-2013) â€.

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