& CULTURAL NEWS OF IRAN©
of Ancient Artefacts From Iranian Museum Alarming
03 March 2006
(CAIS) -- Public concerns about a series of theft
from Ancient Iran Museum (Irân Bâstân) has increased, said the Persian
language daily Hamshahri in an article critical of museum’s administration for
its failure to protect the relics.
Ancient Iran Museum was built by the renowned French architect professor Andre
Goudar between 1935 and 1937. The surprising thing is that the architect had
envisaged development plan for the Museum and had specified that the museum
could only be used for 10 years after which it should be expanded.
“Sometime ago, reports of theft from Ancient Iran Museum were carried by the
newspapers. All those reading the report thought that there should be an
organized crime ring with the help of some employees behind the thefts and the
process of tracking down the thieves would be very complicated.
Police inquiry into the theft led to an astonishing fact that the clerk hired to
clear the museum every day, used to take artifacts from the counters of the
museum,“ the daily said.
“Now, the question is that if IAncient Iran Museum was a private shop
belonging to the father of IAncient Iran Museum's curator, would he have
exercised the same negligence to save his own father’s shop from theft? Of
course, not,“ argued the daily.
It criticized the officials in charge of museums for failing to protect national
heritage and said that they have committed negligence and should be held