"The Epic of Gilgamesh" returns to the homeland

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A small clay tablet dating back 3500 years and containing part of the Gilgamesh Epic, which was looted from a museum in Iraq 30 years ago and recently found in the United States, has been officially turned into Iraq.

The $ 1.7 million cuneiform tablet, known as the Gilgamesh Dream Tablet, is one of the oldest surviving works of literature in the world and one of the oldest religious texts.

It was found in 1853 as part of a collection of 12 tablets in the ruins of the library of Assyrian King Assur Banipal.

The tablet was looted from a museum in Iraq during the 1991 Gulf War. Officials believed it was illegally imported into the U.S. in 2003, then sold to craft chain owner Hobby Lobby and eventually exhibited at the Bible Museum in Washington. ./ 21Media