The US has returned thousands of unique artifacts to Iraq

The US has returned thousands of unique artifacts to Iraq

The most valuable exhibit is the Gilgamesh Dream tablet, which scientists consider to be one of the oldest works of art in the world.

The authorities of the United States and some other countries handed over to Iraq more than 17 thousand historical artifacts that were illegally exported from the country.

In total, Baghdad will receive 17,321 artifacts from the United States, 9 from Japan, 7 from the Netherlands, and 1 from Italy.

Many of the archaeological finds were stolen from museums and smuggled out of the country during the “rule” of the Islamic State terrorists and sold.

The most valuable exhibit is the Gilgamesh Dream tablet, which scientists consider to be one of the oldest works of art in the world. Its age is about 3.5 thousand years.

This is a clay cuneiform tablet that contains part of the Sumerian epic about the ruler Gilgamesh. In 2003, it was illegally imported into the United States and, according to forged documents, sold at Christie’s auction for almost $1.7 million to the Hobby Lobby decorative and applied art supermarket in Oklahoma.

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