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    Ancient Assyrian Gold Tablet Ordered Back to Germany

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    The Court of Appeals in New York state has ruled that an ancient Assyrian gold tablet that was taken during World War II is to be returned to the previous owners at a German museum.

    The Court of Appeals in New York state has ruled that an ancient Assyrian gold tablet that was taken during World War II is to be returned to the previous owners at a German museum.

    Smaller than a credit card and weighing 9 and a half grams, the gold tablet was reportedly found by German archaeologists at the Ishtar Temple located in Northern Iraq, and is believed to be 32 hundred years old.

    This dating is based on the fact that the inscription is written to King Tukulti-Ninurta I who ruled during that time.

    In 1945, many of the museums in Berlin were looted by Russian and German troops, and civilians who had taken shelter in the museums during wartime.

    The estate of Riven Flamenbaum, the current owners of the gold tablet say that the museum waited too long to try to get the tablet back, and that it is rightfully theirs as part of the spoils of war.

    Court rulings shot down their argument and the gold tablet, which has been stored in a safe deposit box in New York, will be legally returned to a museum in Germany.