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Prized Lion of Babylon joins list of crumbling Iraqi antiquities

The ancient Lion of Babylon, Iraq’s national symbol, is critically threatened by erosion and neglect.
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BABYLON, Iraq — The statue of the Lion of Babylon stands in the ancient city of Babylon, south of Baghdad, founded in 1880 B.C.

The statue was uncovered in 1876 by a German archaeological mission. Some initially suggested that the statue, more than 4,000 years old, was built by the Chaldean King Nebuchadnezzar II (605-562 B.C.), though others now believe it was a Hittite creation.

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