News ID: 319332
Published: 0258 GMT January 11, 2022

Iran envoy: U.S. must return all Achaemenid tablets

Iran envoy: U.S. must return all Achaemenid tablets

Arts & Culture Desk

Iran’s ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations said the United States must return all Achaemenid tablets it has borrowed for archeological studies to Tehran without any excuse.

Majid Takht-Ravanchi added close to 90 years ago, the tablets were lent to the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago for three years and have not been fully returned to Iran yet, IRNA reported.

He noted that the tablets are part of Iran’s culture and history and belong to the people of the country, saying the U.S. keeps postponing their return under a different pretext each time.

“This comes as the Americans themselves admit that the tablets have been given to them on loan and not returned fully yet.”

The envoy stressed that Iran’s request is clear, stressing that the tablets must be handed over to the Iranian government safe and sound and in their entirety.

The archive includes more than 30,000 clay tablets that were shipped to the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago as a loan authorized by the Iranian government in 1935, and arrived in Chicago in 1936.

The institute was slated to study the artifacts for three years and then return them to Iran, but it has failed to fulfill the commitment after several decades.

Parts of the archive were returned to Iran in 1948, 1971, and 2004, but a large part of it is still held by the institute.

In October 2019, Iran’s Minister of Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Ali Asghar Mounesan said that over 1,700 clay tablets have returned home after being held in the U.S. for 80 years.

Back in February and following years of ups and downs, the fate of the ancient Persian artifacts was left in the hands of a U.S. court, which ruled in Iran’s favor.

The University of Chicago has defended Iran’s right to the artifacts, arguing that the Oriental Institute has an obligation to return them as promised.

Also known as the Persepolis Administrative Archives, comprising Persepolis Fortification Archive and Persepolis Treasury Archive, the two groups of clay administrative archives were discovered in Persepolis during legal excavations conducted by the archaeologists from the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago in the 1930s.




Resource: IRNA
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