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Iran Can Reclaim Her Antiquities From US


08 April 2006




LONDON, (CAIS) -- A US Federal court required museums in the United States in 2004 to return antiquities of other nations under their possession.

The New York Times said on March 29 that based on the same verdict, a silver cup dating back to 2,500 years has been seized from a collector who had bought it for $950,000 from smugglers.

The artifact was smuggled to the United States via Syria.
According to the daily, the Institute for Eastern Studies affiliated to Chicago University is holding a collection of Iranian artifacts belonging to the Persian Empire.

US archaeologists had stolen these artifacts out of Persepolis (Takht-e Jamshid) near Shiraz in 1930.

Asked how the US archaeologists were able to take thousands of artifacts out of Iran, the institute’s director, Gil Stein, denied any illegality by saying that the Iranian government of the time gave them to US archaeologists as reward or compensation.

The Institute for Eastern Studies has also announced that it is ready to return these artifacts to the Iranian government, said the daily.

According to the United States Federal law, antiquities cannot be regarded as merchandise and are cultural assets of a nation.

The New York Times noted that Iran can reclaim them by taking legal action against the Institute for Eastern Studies.






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