Iran publishes bulletin on ancient artificial eye found in Burnt City
Press TV - Iran's Sistan-Baluchestan Province has published a bulletin about
the artificial eye, unearthed in the historical Burnt City site.
World's oldest artificial eye was found in Iran's Burnt City
"Published by Sistan-Baluchestan cultural heritage office, the bulletin contains
information about the results of the tests performed on the eye," said head of
the Burnt City archeology team, Seyyed Mansour Seyyed Sajjadi.
The Persian-English bulletin was published at the start of the 12th phase of
Burnt City archeological excavations.
The 5,000 year-old eye was unearthed two years ago and is believed to be the
oldest prosthetic in the world.
Made of natural tar and animal fat, the eye was placed inside the left eye
socket of a 28- to 32-year-old woman.
A leather pouch was also found beside the female skeleton appears to have been
used to keep the eye when it was removed.
The 5000-year-old Burnt City is located near the northeastern city of Zabol and
spans an area of over 300,000 hectares.
Four civilizations have lived in the city which was burnt down three times and
not rebuilt after the last fire.
The world's oldest animated picture, dice and backgammon set, and caraway seed
has been found in Burnt City.
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