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Jiroft artifacts to be displayed in Tehran

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency; photos by Hemmat Khahi, ISNA

Jiroft's artifacts, delivered to Iran's Embassy in London recently, will be unveiled during an exhibition in Tehran next week. The artifacts were delivered after Iran won an appeal in a London appellate court against the city's Barakat Gallery.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad unveiled the Jiroft artifacts during a ceremony at Iran's National Museum on Sunday

Ruhollah Ahmadzadeh Kermani, the head of Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization, added that the exhibition's inaugural ceremony will be attended by senior officials in Iran's National Museum.

Jiroft came into the spotlight in 2002, when reports surfaced that local people had begun extensive illegal excavations to plunder priceless relics.

"Investigations show many historical sites were illegally excavated during 2000-2 in Jiroft," Ahmadzadeh said, adding that the number of artifacts looted from Iran rose during this period.

Five excavation phases have been carried out at Jiroft under the supervision of Professor Yousef Majidzadeh, leading to the discovery of a ziggurat made of more than four million mud-bricks dating back to 2200 BC.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

The ICHHTO chief said Iran won the court case related to Achaemenid mud tablets, which were illegally transferred to the US in 1930s, against Chicago University.

He, however, added that the clay tablets were seized by American police again illegally.

Ahmadzadeh said Iran has protested against the US via ICHHTO's Cultural Heritage Department's office for legal affairs.

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