Justice Department seizes rare, ancient tablet illegally auctioned to Hobby Lobby
The Justice Department announced Tuesday that it had seized a rare, ancient tablet that was sold to Hobby Lobby through an auction house under false pretenses.
A federal court in Brooklyn, New York, ordered the forfeiture of a rare cuneiform tablet bearing a portion of the "Epic of Gilgamesh," a historic poem with roots in ancient Mesopotamia. The cuneiform tablet is roughly 3,600 years old and originated in an area that’s now part of Iraq. It's believed to be one of the earliest pieces of storytelling poetry.
The federal court...