In July 2021, Cornell officials worked with the Ambassador from the Republic of Iraq to transfer a collection of over 5000 cuneiform tablets back to their country of origin. These tablets were the subject of conservation and research at Cornell since 1999. The faculty in the Department of Near Eastern Studies welcome this decision, as we stand against the illicit trafficking of cultural property and support the return of cultural artifacts to their home countries.
Faculty Statement on Cuneiform Tablet Repatriation
Department of Near Eastern Studies Faculty,
August 4, 2021