EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Rare Artifacts Return to Afghanistan

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Rare Artifacts Return to Afghanistan
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A hand-cut rock crystal ball encircled by a metal ring dates back to the Bronze Age and served as a ritual object.

Archaeologist Fredrik Hiebert, who examined the Heathrow collection, calls repatriations like this one a critical part of Afghanistan's psychological healing.

"If we can use this transfer to put some Bronze Age and Islamic Age materials back on display," he said, "that will help repair the horrible looting that went on for 25 years."

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—Photograph by Fredrik Hiebert, National Geographic Society
 
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