These fourth-century sculptural heads were discovered stuffed in wooden crates at Heathrow airport in 2002. (Trustees of the British Museum)
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Looted ancient artifacts from Iraq and Afghanistan and seized in Britain will be returned to their country of origin after appraisal by the British Museum, the institution announced Monday. The London institution revealed it has been working with law enforcement agencies including the U.K. Border Force and the capital's Metropolitan Police to return the works smuggled out during recent periods of conflict.Among the artifacts to be sent back to Afghanistan are Gandharan sculptures illegally exported to Britain in 2002 .The scheme has identified almost 700 illicit artifacts looted and trafficked from the two countries over the past year.
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