Ancient Artifacts Stolen during Lebanese Civil War Displayed in Beirut

Ancient Artifacts Stolen during Lebanese Civil War Displayed in Beirut

Friday, 2 February, 2018 - 19:30
Treasures once owned by private collectors and valued at more than $5 million US were ordered returned to Lebanon by the Manhattan district attorney. (AP)
Asharq Al-Awsat
Lebanon has put on display three stolen ancient sculptures that were stolen during the country’s 1975-90 civil war.

The artifacts were stolen from a temple during the war and seized in New York a few months ago, reported The Associated Press.

The treasures were once owned by private collectors and valued at more than $5 million. They were ordered returned to Lebanon by the Manhattan district attorney.

The treasures arrived home last month and were put on display at the National Museum in Beirut on Friday.

The pieces include a marble bull's head dating to about 360 B.C., excavated at a Phoenician temple in southern Lebanon decades ago.

Culture Minister Ghattas Khoury told reporters at the museum that "we are all committed to repatriate as many of these objects, wherever they are."

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