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A stone image of an ancient priest is one of many stolen antiquities recovered by the Syrian government and put on display in Damascus this week, a reminder of the mass looting of Syria's heritage during seven years of war.It was illegally dug up during the occupation of the desert town by Daesh (ISIS).The life-sized image of Yalhi bin Yalhabouda, standing out in relief from a stone tombstone, was excavated from Palmyra's ancient tombs, the city's new antiquities chief Hariri said, and found in a house in the modern town.The 500 objects displayed in Damascus this week were from eras ranging from 10,000 B.C. to the Islamic period and were found in captured areas by the army, said Mahmoud Hammoud, head of Syria's antiquities department.
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