Did ISIS Smash Fake Sculptures In Mosul? Experts Say Many Of Them Were Replicas

February 27, 2015 11:45 PM

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Did ISIS Smash Fake Sculptures In Mosul? Experts Say Many Of Them Were Replicas

While no one should take ISIS to be any less of a threat than it is, we might take some small consolation from the possibility that some of the sculptures the militants smashed on video this week at the Nineveh Museum in Mosul, Iraq, were replicas. While an Assyrian stone lion smashed in the videos is indisputably a terrible loss, the destruction of replicas in this particular case may soften the blow.

"According to archaeologists, most if not all the statues in the Mosul museum are replicas not originals," reports Channel 4 News, London. “The reason they crumble so easily is that they're made of plaster. ‘You can see iron bars inside," pointed out Mark Altaweel of the Institute of Archaeology at ...

Also read: Iraqi Troops Edge Deeper Into Mosul — With Caution

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