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December 1 2012

British Museum lends ancient 'bill of rights' cylinder to US

One of the British Museum's most iconic objects, the Cyrus Cylinder, will tour five major museums in the US next year.

The cylinder, often referred to as the first bill of human rights, "must be shared as widely as possible", said museum director Neil MacGregor.

It is inscribed with the earliest form of writing - Babylonian cuneiform.

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