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Fate of Achaemenid Tablets Still Undetermined


20 January 2007




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  Three OF THE Achaemenid Tablets on loan

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LONDON, (CAIS) -- The US Federal Court held a hearing yesterday about the Achaemenid tablets loaned by Iran to the University of Chicago in the 1930s following the quarrel after a previous judgment authorized the plaintiff to auction off the invaluable Iranian relics.


According to William Harms, the press contact of Chicago University, the results of Federal Court Case January 19, on the Achaemenid Tablets involving the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago were as follows:


The government of Iran, through its attorney, Thomas Corcoran, asserted ownership of the tablets and pointed out that its position is supported by the U.S. government;


The plaintiff’s attorney, David J. Strachman, sought more materials from the University and Iran related to the case; and


The judge took the matter under advisement and did not immediately issue a ruling.


The chaos started when an US Federal Judge ordered to confiscate the invaluable collection of Achaemenid Tablets loaned to Chicago University’s Oriental Institute and put them on auction to compensate Israeli victims of the 1997 Jerusalem bombing. Since then, the Iranian authorities and the University of Chicago have tried in a collective effort to redeem the Achaemenid Tablets.


A group of 179 complete tablets was returned in 1948, and another group of more than 37,000 tablet fragments were also returned in 1951. In addition, two years ago 300 pieces of these tablets were repatriated upon mutual agreement between Iranian cultural heritage authorities and the Oriental Institute of Chicago University. Yet there are still large numbers of tablets and clay fragments at Chicago University, which Iranians are trying to bring back home.




Extracted From/Source: Cultural Heritage News Agency (CHN)

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