An unidentified individual tried to claim that a black stone covered in cuneiform carvings was a “home decoration” worth about 300 (currency unspecified) when going through Customs at Heathrow Airport. Suspecting the item was something more significant, customs officials seized the artifact and called the British Museum.
Turns out it’s a Babylonian Kudurru (pronounced Coo-doer-rue) or boundary stone, one of only 200 known in existence. This particular stone refers to Nebuchadnezzar I, who ruled from 1126–1103 BC. Though damaged the artifact has no museum marking and has never been studied by scholars.
If you want to see this particular ancient relic you’ll have to travel to Iraq, since the British returned the ancient relic where it will be proudly displayed in the refurbished and reopened Iraq Museum in Baghdad. More