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Artifacts to Return to Ilam
21 April 2006
(CAIS) -- Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization
of Ilam Province has asked the Cultural Heritage Police Department to assist
this organization in returning the stolen artifacts to the ancient village of
Last month, some eleven rare objects dating back to 2800 BC were illegally
unearthed from the village of Darreh Shahr in the southwestern province of Ilam
including metal items such as arrows with designs, metals depicting wild goats,
a golden cup, and a very unique and precious silver mask which is estimated to
be from the first millennium BC.
Luckily this collection was seized in Tehran from an illegal digger on April 4th
and was transferred to the Cultural Heritage Police Department to be kept under
its custody. Now the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization of Ilam has sent
a letter to this department asking for the return of the ancient relics to this
province. “Since these items belong to the village of Darreh Shahr, we have
asked the Cultural Heritage Police Department to send them back to Ilam
province,” said Fereidoon Mohammadi, director general of the Cultural Heritage
and Tourism Organization of Ilam Province.
“Ilam’s experts and representatives from its Cultural Heritage Police Dept.
are to examine the places from which these artifacts were taken out in order to
prevent such smuggling from happening again,” added Mohammadi.
There are 500 historical sites at Darreh Shahr. More security measures are
needed to protect these areas and Iran Cultural Heritage and Tourism
Organization (ICHTO) needs to know exactly from which point the illegal diggers
had unearthed this collection.
According to ICHTO officials, these artifacts will be examined by the
organization’s experts, restored if required, and then they will be sent to a
museum to be displayed there.
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