TEHRAN, Dec. 14 (Mehr News Agency) -- French archaeologist Michele Casanova said that the artifacts unearthed from the royal tombs in the ancient Sumerian city of Ur came from Iran's 5200-year-old Burnt City, the Persian service of CHN reported on Friday.
"Now, we are almost certain that the beautiful artifacts discovered in the city of Ur had been brought from the Burnt City, Jiroft, and Central Asia. This fact raises many questions, including why trade relations were established between the regions," Casanova said.
Casanova, who is also an expert on ornamental stones and particularly lapis lazuli, and several other foreign archaeologists are working together with the Iranian team at the Burnt City, near the city of Zabol in Sistan-Baluchestan Province.
"The most interesting point is that all the ornamental dishes made of soapstone have been discovered in temples and royal tombs," noted Casanova, who is also a professor at the University of Rennes.
"This fact indicates that ornamental dishes were very common, so the artifacts were buried with ordinary people. However, such dishes had been brought to Mesopotamia as a precious object for temples and royal families," he explained.
Nine seasons of excavations have been carried out at the Burnt City.
An artificial eye is one of the most amazing artifacts discovered at the Burnt City during the current excavations led by Mansur Sajjadi.
The team also discovered an earthenware bowl at the Burnt City which bears images of what experts believe is the world's oldest "animated" picture drawn around it.
Archaeologists had previously estimated the size of the city at 150 hectares, but the latest study shows that the city covers an area of 180 hectares.
It was built circa 3200 BC and destroyed some time around 2100 BC.
The city had four stages of civilization and was burnt down three times. Since it was not rebuilt after the last time it was burnt down, it has been named the Burnt City.
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