The US was cooperating with Iraq on returning stolen artefacts, and that over 1,500 had been brought back to Iraq from the United States so far, he said.
Mayahi stated that around 15,000 artefacts were stolen from the national museum in Baghdad by looters in the chaos that followed the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq.
Authorities have recovered a further 130,000 artefacts stolen from elsewhere in the country, but there are still tens of thousands of pieces missing.
The police statement said that the seized artefacts included ancient coins, rare pottery pieces which dated back to early eras such as the Cannites.
They concluded that a lot of Palestinian heritage would have been lost in the event the smuggler had been successful in getting out of the Palestinian territories with those artefacts.
Although we now know that backed artefacts were made in the early and late Holocene, Australian archaeologists failed for so long to recognise this because (a) they interpreted the absence of such artefacts as an indication that they were not made or used, and (b) they sometimes discounted small numbers of these distinctive artefacts as an error of some kind, such as might be produced by stratigraphic disturbance (see Hiscock and Attenbrow 1998 for details).
In more recent years these issues have been investigated for assemblages of material culture, including pottery, mobile art, and stone artefacts (e.
Sample', in this context, is used specifically to refer to the assemblage of artefacts recovered from a particular level in a stratified site, or from the site as a whole.
For instance, many flakes will be rapidly discarded, cores are likely to be discarded less frequently, backed artefacts perhaps less frequently still, and the hammerstones may be very rarely thrown away.
Predicting the distribution of artefacts after trampling
Most experimental studies on the effects of human trampling on the distribution of archaeological materials in archaeological sites - for example, Gifford-Gonzalez et al, (1985), Stockton (1973) and Villa & Courtin (1983) - have mainly dealt with vertical displacement of artefacts and its implications for the temporal association of artefacts with archaeological strata.
The little previous research on the effects of trampling on the horizontal distribution of artefacts may suggest that larger artefacts should be displaced further than smaller with a positive but statistically insignificant relationship between horizontal movement and artefact size (Nielson 1991: 490-93); the incidental results of Villa & Courtin (1983: 277) show an inverse relationship (also not significant) between lateral movement and artefact size.
methods would be developed so that the images, rather than the artefacts themselves, could be analysed;
To overcome the initial default configuration allowing processing of a single image/artefact at a time, we tried to increase the speed of the imaging system by capturing and processing multiple artefacts from a single imaging pass.
Artefact-specific bar-codes, placed in each cell on the tray, were cross-linked to the tray configuration bar-code so that, for any one image, the computer would recognize how many artefacts were present, link the images to their appropriate provenance data and, finally, notify the software that performed analyses of artefact images of the number of images present.