to a report issued by the International Department
of Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism
Organization (CHTO) on Wednesday, Iranian and
American archaeologists unearthed the region in a
joint excavation project in 1963.
head of the American team had asked for additional
studies on the items. The request was approved by
Iran’s cabinet, and the artifacts were sent to
the institute for three years of study.
of the items were sent back after three years, but
the rest are still in the United States, although
the institute was supposed to return all the
CHTO has recently prepared an appeal to present to
the International Court of Justice in The Hague
for the return of the artifacts.
addition, the National Museum of Iran has
announced that it suffered a loss of $377,125 due
to the 39-year delay in delivering the items.
also recently sent an a appeal to a Belgian court
asking for the return of nine boxes of smuggled
ancient artifacts and a 2800-year-old pin stolen
from the exposition “7000 Years of Persian
officials recently resumed efforts to recover
artifacts taken out of the country which have not