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Looted Gilgamesh tablet returns to Iraq in formal ceremony

Dec. 07, 2021 07:54 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — A small clay tablet dating back 3,500 years and bearing a portion of the Epic of Gilgamesh that was looted from an Iraqi museum 30 years ago and recently recovered from the United States formally returned to Iraq on Tuesday. The $1.7 million cuneiform tablet, known...

Picasso, Cassatt art among pieces donated to Boston College

Dec. 07, 2021 00:09 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Works by Pablo Picasso, Mary Cassatt and Winslow Homer are among 30 pieces of art worth more than $20 million that alumnus and legendary investment manager Peter Lynch is donating to Boston College's art museum, the university announced Tuesday. The works — 27...

Ancient crab fossil found on Assateague Island

Dec. 06, 2021 15:46 PM EST

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) — The National Parks Service has confirmed the discovery of an ancient crab fossil found along the shores of Assateague Island National Seashore. Sharon Conn, a visitor to the area, found the fossil in early October on the Virginia portion of Assateague Island....

Afghan museum reopens with Taliban security -- and visitors

Dec. 06, 2021 12:14 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The National Museum of Afghanistan is open once again and the Taliban, whose members once smashed their way through the facility destroying irreplaceable pieces of the country's national heritage, now appear to be among its most enthusiastic visitors. The...

Denver Art Museum mulls fate of plundered African art

Dec. 05, 2021 10:17 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — British troops in 1897 mounted a violent, retaliatory raid on the Kingdom of Benin, in what’s now southern Nigeria, looting and burning the royal palace and sending the oba, or king, into exile. The British confiscated all the royal treasures from their colonial subjects,...

Virginia museum gets boost from Smithsonian project

Dec. 05, 2021 09:06 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Back in the days after Saint Paul’s College closed in 2013 and the future of the campus was in jeopardy, Bobby Conner feared the history of the Lawenceville school would be lost. So, with the blessing of the college’s last president and at a...

Governor apologizes for Nevada's role in Indigenous schools

Dec. 03, 2021 20:29 PM EST

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — When it was time for Winona James to return to school, her family hid her in brush near their home in the Carson Valley to prevent officials from the Stewart Indian School from finding her. James, a member of the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and...

Breonna Taylor honored by peaceful augmented-reality garden

Dec. 03, 2021 16:40 PM EST

Say her name with flowers on your tongue — that's what Breonna Taylor's sister wants during Miami's art week from people visiting an augmented reality garden created to honor her late sister. “Breonna's Garden," commemorating the 26-year-old medical worker fatally...

UNC rolls by No. 24 Michigan 72-51 in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

Dec. 02, 2021 01:05 AM EST

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Caleb Love and Armando Bacot believed North Carolina could play better than it showed in back-to-back losses to ranked teams. The Tar Heels proved it against No. 24 Michigan. Love scored 22 points to help UNC take control after halftime, and the...

After COVID-caused delay, Truman Library to reopen this week

Dec. 01, 2021 12:48 PM EST

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — The Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum is scheduled to reopen with limited hours on Thursday. The museum in Independence will initially reopen on Thursdays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for those who bought advance...