In an epic case of, "oh, did you want that?", the University of Michigan has returned a 3000 year old Egyptian artifact to the National Museums of Berlin .

According to, the piece was a portrait of the mayor of the Egyptian city of Memphis. The piece had been privately purchased by Samuel Goudsmit, a Dutch-American scientist (and Michigan professor) in Germany, in 1945. He then bequeathed it to Michigan, where it's been in the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, until it was recently re-discovered by a Dutch Eqyptologist.

Bonus? No need to fight snakes or giant boulders or Nazis in Ann Arbor to get it back.

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