Posted on September 22, 2021 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
The 3,600-year-old stone known as the “Gilgamesh Dream Tablet” will start its journey home tomorrow, reports the Guardian.
The tablet is believed to have been looted from a museum in Iraq in 1991 and then entered the US under what UNESCO described as fraudulent circumstances in 2007.
It wound up with the owners of the craft-store chain Hobby Lobby, who acknowledged they should have researched its origins better, and the US Department of Justice seized it from in 2019.
A formal handover ceremony will take place September 23 at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.
The tablet takes its nickname from the ancient Sumerian poem inscribed on it, the Epic of Gilgamesh, which is among the world’s oldest texts.
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