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ART AND CULTURE - December 2019

Dec 2019

Dec 14, 2019

Over 1,000 Relics Recovered from Syrian Museum

  • More than 1,000 ancient relics and mosaics were saved from Islamic State group militants when staff at the museum of the Syrian city of Raqqa managed to hide them underground and in storehouses. Hundreds of other pieces that were hidden in Raqqa's branch of the central bank were discovered and stolen by militants.

Dec 06, 2019

Penn Museum Hands over Ancient Clay Tablets to Iraqi Embassy

  • Archaeologists from the University of Pennsylvania's Penn Museum delivered the fragments of 387 clay tablets to Iraq's embassy in Washington D.C. in the start of a repatriation process. The museum's researchers determined that the tablets, which were excavated nearly a century ago in the ancient Mesopotamian city of Ur, were used to document economic transactions—similar to modern day receipts.
  • The tablets were retrieved between 1922 and 1934 during excavations jointly sponsored by the Penn Museum and the British Museum. Roughly 7,500 tablets and fragments were brought to Philadelphia under a loan agreement with the Iraqi government stating that they would be researched at the university museum and then returned.
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