posted on Apr, 29 2010 @ 12:13 AM
I spy with my golden, painted eye!
Hello ATSers, the Burnt City
of Iran is under renewed excavations and yielding more and more
artifacts. The stand-out find turned up 3 years ago, but seems to add a very human element to a time and place so long ago. I often notice how people
feel disconnected from our past and struggle to relate to our ancestors. Our distant past (4-5000 years ago) was a place of teeming life. Large towns
and cities had populations of thousands.
If you imagine a Saturday afternoon trawling around the Mall or local market...it was similar back then. You'd pass by hundreds of people, stop at
your favourite stall and maybe have a drink and a chat with friends.
You might have lice and intestinal worms, but we are in the distant past right!?
The Burnt City was a thriving centre of culture that survived and overcame three destructions by fire. During excavations, a woman's grave was
uncovered that indicated a wealthy life. All interesting. What's really striking is that she had the earliest artificial eye yet known....
Ancient Artificial Eyeball Found in Burnt City
Presented in Rome
Regarding the other characteristics of this mysterious skeleton, Sajadi said: "Considering that the majority of females lived in Burnt City
during ancient times were short, being 180 centimeters in height, this woman is known the tallest woman which has ever been identified in Burnt
Further study showed it's made of bitumen and discovered traces of gold and colour. In it's original condition, the eye was white with an iris and
pupil. The superb skills of manufacter used fine gold wire to represent the capillaries! Triangles were traced emerging from the iris. The effect must
have been fascinating at a time of superstition and beliefs in seers, prophets and oracles.
Burnt City Eye
Referring to magnificent method practiced for making this artificial eye, Sajadi said: “Even the most delicate eye capillaries were drawn on
this eyeball using golden wires with a thickness measuring less than half a millimetre. The pupil of the eye has been devised on the centre of the
eyeball and there are also some parallel lines around the pupil forming a diamond shape.”
So we have a tall, healthy young woman with the trappings of wealth. The false eye is evidence of a creative mind too. Did she commission and design
the eye or was it a master-craftsman of the city?
An example of the craftsmanship of the area.