The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has announced that it is to return a 3,600-year-old stone tablet to Iraq. The artefact shows part of the Epic of Gilgamesh, an epic poem from ancient Mesopotamia.
According to the UN, the tablet will be returned at a ceremony in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC today.
UNESCO said that another 17,000 artefacts that were also taken to America following the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 will be returned formally to the Baghdad government at the ceremony.
"By returning these illegally acquired objects," explained UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay, "the authorities here in the United States and Iraq are allowing the Iraqi people to reconnect with a page in their history."