Meanwhile, the Ministry of Handicrafts and Tourism Cultural Heritage Deputy Public Relations Department tweeted on Monday,
“The good news is that more than 20,000 Achaemenid tablets belonging to Persepolis will be returned from the United States to our country by the end of this year”, referring to the capital of the empire.
The tablets were sent to the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago on loan almost 90 years ago.
In 2019, a batch of clay tablets was returned as part of thousands of fragments held at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago and the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago.
The tablets provide an overview of the economic, social and religious history of the Achaemenid Empire, the largest and most enduring empire of its time which stretched from Ethiopia, through Egypt, Greece , Anatolia, Central Asia and India in the 5th century BC.