Iraq says U.S. to return 17,000 ancient artifacts looted after invasion

 The United States is returning more than 17,000 ancient artifacts looted and smuggled out of Iraq after the U.S. invasion in 2003, including a 3,500-year-old clay tablet bearing part of the Epic of Gilgamesh, Iraq said on Tuesday. Tens of thousands of antiquities disappeared from Iraq after the 2003 invasion that toppled leader Saddam Hussein. […]

Ice age art at the British Museum was crafted by ‘professional’ artists

The best art by ice-age Homo sapiens are masterpieces that took hundreds of hours to produce, says curator It’s smaller than your thumb: a little piece of mammoth ivory delicately carved into the shape of a woman’s head. But this miniature sculpture, with one wonky eye and rather elongated, slightly Modigliani-esque proportions, is the oldest […]