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British Museum Experts Prepare for Transfer of Items to Forgotten Empire Exhibition

Tehran, May 1 (CHN) - To prepare for the upcoming exhibition of "Forgotten Empire: the World of Ancient Persia" in the British Museum, experts of the Museum have started to study the removal and transfer of the selected items from Iran's National Museum.

The exhibition which focuses on the Achaemenid Empire of Iran is to be held in the British Museum from September the 8th 2005 to January the 8th 2006 in an area of 450 square meters of the Museum.

The display includes some 400 items, 80 of which will be on loan from Iran's National Museum, and the rest will be from the collections of the British Museum and the Louvre.

Representatives of the British Museum selected the pieces they would like to be sent to their exhibition two years ago and now they have traveled to Iran to study the feasibility of detaching and transferring the Achaemenid stone items showcased in Iran's National Museum which are attached either to the wall or floor of the Museum.

The team, accompanied and supervised by Iranian restorers, includes director of the Near East Department of the British Museum, John Curtis, and two experts specializing in ancient stone artifacts and restoration works who have previously worked on giant stone items of the Beirut Museum.

"In case of any probable damage, the items will stay in their place and not be removed," Curtis told CHN. Moreover, to ensure the safety of the pieces while being transferred, they will be sent to London via two or three Iran Air airplanes.

The selection of the items has been aimed to represent a comprehensive and influential picture of Ancient Persia during the Achaemenid rule, explained Curtis, adding that the exhibition will have different categories including the Achaemenid palaces, religions, and the Iranian army at the time.

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