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Dec 23, 2011
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The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation says it has offered to house Iraqi artifacts to protect them from destruction by the Islamic State group.

The foundation says Colonial Williamsburg President Mitchell Reiss made the offer to a team of Iraqi archeologists and museum experts who visited earlier this month. Iraqi authorities have said the Islamic State group has attacked and destroyed several archaeological sites.

On Sunday, Colonial Williamsburg's website, history.org, was hit in a cyberattack attributed to the Islamic State group.

Colonial Williamsburg says it has drafted a memorandum of understanding offering to work with the Iraq State Board of Antiquities and Heritage.

Colonial Williamsburg says it was working to identify specific artifacts that can benefit from its conservation and preservation expertise. It plans to accept every artifact that it can handle.

Last month, Iran also offered to help safeguard potentially at-risk artifacts.

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