Larry Buie just wanted to help Eddie make a little money from a clay tablet that may date back to antiquity. Instead, Eddie may be looking at a hard line of questioning.A museum official said she thinks the tablet with the foreign symbols may have been smuggled out of the Middle East. “We’re talking FBI,” said Margaret Schroeder, who works with the museum at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. “This is illegal.It ain’t an obvious copy.”The institute is devoted to the study of early Near Eastern civilizations.
A reporter e-mailed photographs of the tablet to the museum Monday in hopes of determining its authenticity. The artifact, Schroeder said, appears to be from the Ur III empire from around 2300 B.C.
The Ur III
Dynasty was a period when the city of Ur dominated Mesopotamia — part
of modern-day Iraq. It gave the ancient country a century of peace and
“If it’s authentic, it’s
potentially a very valuable piece,” said Ken Robinson, director of
public archaeology at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem.
It also could get somebody in a lot of trouble.
“This is the sort of thing being smuggled out ofIraq,” Schroeder said. “This is the sort of thing that is nasty.”
After examining the pictures, Schroeder said, she contacted the FBI.
Newsom Summerlin, an FBI
spokesman for the Charlotte division, said Wednesday that the FBI
neither confirms nor denies investigations as a matter of general
policy. The Charlotte division includes Fayetteville.
Buie said he did not steal the tablet.
He said one of his tenants, whom he identified only as Eddie for publication, didn’t steal it, either.
Buie, who is 56, said Eddie
gave him the tablet about six months ago. They worked out a deal, Buie
said, in which they would split any profits if Buie could sell it.
“I’m going to do what’s right by it,” he said.
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