The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(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.
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:
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.
plaintiff’s attorney, David J. Strachman, sought more materials from the
University and Iran related to the case; and
judge took the matter under advisement and did not immediately issue a ruling.
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.
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