More than 100 Assyrian and early Islamic artefacts have been discovered in the house of an ISIS official in Iraq on Monday.
The discovery came during raids in Mosul’s West Bank after it was recaptured by the Iraqi Army.
The relics included household pottery items such as jugs, vases and bowls.
Photographs released by Iraq’s National Security Service yesterday show more than a dozen clay pots, ‘Palace Ware’ pottery, a large hand mill and a handful of large vases.
Historians and archaeologists have confirmed the authenticity of the objects, according to the Telegraph.
Documents detailing the contents of the haul were also found in the ISIS official’s home in the Az-Zirai neighbourhood.
“During a tour of homes in the former Christian area of Mosul, the army received a tip off from a local resident,” Iraqi member of parliament Talib al-Maa’mari said.
“When the special forces searched this one house, which was being used by an ISIS emir, we were surprised to find many priceless artefacts. But one in particular is very special – it was quite an incredible find.”
ISIS are believed to have made tens of millions of dollars from the sale of antiquities on the black market since capturing Mosul in 2014.
The terror group have also destroyed countless antiquities and artefacts.