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La tablette en argile sur laquelle figure des caractères cunéiformes aurait été volée sur un site archéologique ou dans un musée irakien en 1991, pendant la guerre du Golfe déclenchée après l'invasion du Koweït. © Sabah Ara AFP The clay tablet on which cuneiform characters were stolen on an archaeological site or in an Iraqi museum in 1991, during the Gulf War triggered after the invasion of Kuwait.

A "Gilgamesh Tablet", 3,500 year old clay artifact, returned to Iraq on Tuesday after being returned by the United States. The authorities welcomed a "victory" against those who fly "the story" of the country.

returned by the United States, a "Gilgamesh tablet", 3,500 years old Mesopotamian jewel, returned to Iraq where it was exhibited on Tuesday, December 7th.

The clay tablet on which cuneiform characters were stolen on an archaeological site or in an Iraqi museum in 1991, during the Gulf War triggered after the invasion of Kuwait. It includes fragments of "the epic of Gilgamesh", considered one of the oldest literary works of humanity and which narrates the adventures of a powerful king of Mesopotamia in search of immortality.

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Tuesday at the press conference in Baghdad, the Minister of Foreign Affairs handed over to the Minister of Culture three artifacts returned by the United States and Great Britain: Gilgamesh's tablet, a Sumerian ram head and a Sumerian tablet.

The Gilgamesh tablet "is of great importance, it is one of the oldest literary texts in Iraq's history," the AFP has indicated the Minister of Culture and Antiquities Hassan Nazem. In a press conference, he highlighted the "message sent to all those who smuggled with our antiques and sold them in international auctions: in fine the fate of these operations is restitution".

In one year, Iraq has recovered nearly 18,000 artifacts, including 17,999 pieces old for some 4,000 years returned by the United States this summer.

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"Victory"

"This day represents a victory against the desperate attempts of those who try to steal our great history and our old civilization," welcomed the head of Iraqi diplomacy, Fouad Hussein.

The Gilgamesh tablet reappeared in the United Kingdom in 2001. An American merchant had bought it in 2003 from a Jordanian family established in London. He had then sent it to the United States without specifying the Customs the nature of the package and sold it at antiquaries in 2007 against $ 50,000, with a false certificate of origin. It was finally resold in 2014 for $ 1.67 million to the owners of the Bible Museum in Washington. In 2017, a museum curator had worried about the source of the tablet, judging the documents provided during the incomplete purchase, which had resulted in his seizure in 2019.

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