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Exploring Mesopotamia’s ancient treasures

Last Updated: June 19, 2013

The Royal Ontario Museum is ready to open its Mesopotamia exhibit, featuring over 170 treasured artifacts – most of which have never been seen in Canada – from the powerful empire.

Clemens Reichel, one of the exhibit’s curators and an expert on ancient Mesopotamia, spoke with CBC News about some of his favourite artifacts, which range from beautiful gold decorations to wonderous terracotta art to a special beer chalice.

The exhibit features items from across Mesopotamia, which corresponds geographically with what are now Iraq, northeast Syria and southeast Turkey. Many of the items are on loan from the world-renowned British Museum, as well as several smaller U.S. museums.

Mesopotamia is set to open to the public on June 22, and runs until Jan. 5, 2014.

Play the audio files under the images to learn more about the artifacts.

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Ram and Thicket (Audio runs 1:01)

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Beer chalice (Audio runs 1:06)

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Jewellery (Audio runs 1:05)

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Lion (Audio runs 1:18)

By John Rieti and Asha Siad



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