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Here’s a heads-up: If you see a guy walking around in a priceless-looking gold hat with weird ears carved into the temples, notify your local authorities. That’s the ancient cultural heritage of Iraq he’s wearingthe Gold Helmet of Meskalamdug, to be specific. While you’re at it, keep an eye out for a giant marble head (the “Warka Face”). They’re both old, they’re both Mesopotamian, and, sadly, they are both still presumed missing from Baghdad’s National Museum of Iraq, from which they disappeared earlier this year during wartime looting. In a previous era, we might have relied on Barnett College professor Henry “Indiana” Jones Jr. to recover these plundered riches. But, because he is presently tied up again with Mr. Spielberg, Clemens Reichel will have to do. The University of Chicago archaeologist will discuss Iraq’s stolen treasures and efforts to recover them at 6 p.m. at the S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. $15. (202) 357-3030. (Mike DeBonis)