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French archaeologist Remy Boucharlat deported at Tehran airport

Source: Tehran Times

TEHRAN -- French archaeologist Rémy Boucharlat was deported at Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport on Monday, Persian media reported on Tuesday. So far, no comment has made by Iranian officials about the deportation of Boucharlat.

French archaeologist Remy Boucharlat poses at Persepolis in an undated photo.

The Iranian Center for Archaeological Research (ICAR) had invited Boucharlat to attend the 12th Annual Symposium of Iranian Archaeology.

Boucharlat was scheduled to deliver a speech during the meeting, which opened on Monday.

"It is not clear why Boucharlat was prevented from entering Iran," Jalil Golshan, the director of ICAR, which is affiliated with Iran's Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization (CHTHO), told the Persian service of CHN on Tuesday.

The ICAR is seeking to find out the reasons behind the deportation of Boucharlat, he added.

"A visa was issued for Boucharlat without difficulty, and he previously attended some archaeological excavations and meetings in Iran," he stated.

Meanwhile, Boucharlat's colleague Roland Besenval; and the Italian archaeologists Rafael Bichione, Vito Messina and Pierfrancesco Callieri; the British Museum Keeper of the Department of the Middle East John Curtis; and an associate of the Anthropology Department of Harvard University, Benjamin Mutin, attended the three-day meeting.

Boucharlat, who is the director of the French Institute of Iranian Studies, previously took part in many archaeological excavations and study projects in Iran.

He was a member of a team of Iranian, French and Belgian archaeologists that discovered the ruins of eight Achaemenid dams at Morghab Plain near Pasargadae, the ancient capital of Persia, in Fars Province in 2004.

Boucharlat is the writer of the article "The Persepolis Area in the Achaemenid Period: Some Reconsiderations", which was published in chapter 24 of the book "Yeki Bud, Yeki Nabud: Essays on the Archaeology of Iran in Honor of William M. Sumner". The book was published by the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA in 2003.


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