Tehran (IP)- The US has blocked the return of Achaemenid tablets to #Iran, Iranian Deputy Minister of Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism says.

Iran PressIran News: "US has blocked return of Achaemenid tablets to #Iran. Repatriation of historical artifacts is a very complicated process," Deputy Minister of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Ali Darabi said.

"A lawsuit has been filed for some of them, and 27 items were repatriated last year," he added.

The Achaemenid tablets contained more than 30,000 tablets and were shipped to the Institute of Oriental Studies of the University of Chicago in 1915 with the approval of the then Iranian government.

 These tablets were to be returned to Iran during three years of studies.

This did not happen in the first few years, but with Iranian pursuits, some of the tablets were returned to Iran in 1948 and some in 1971. Another part of these tablets was returned to Iran in 2004, but some of these tablets remain in the Oriental Institute of Chicago.


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