animated piece on an earthen goblet that belongs to 5000 years ago was
found in Burnt City in Sistan-Baluchistan province, southeastern Iran.
On this ancient piece that can be called the first animation of the
world, the artist has portrayed a goat that jumps toward a tree and eats
The earthenware found in Burnt City, one of the most developed
civilizations dating back to 5000 years ago, show the images of wild
mountain goat (ibex) and fish more than any other subject. It seems these animals were used more
than any other by the people of this city.
On this goblet, with a diameter of 8 cm and height of 10 cm, the images
show movement in an intricate way that is an unprecedented discovery.
Some earthenware found in Burnt City show repetitive images, but none of
them implicate any movements.
"While excavating the grave in which the cream-colored goblet has
been found, we came across a skeleton that probably belongs to the
creator of this piece", Mansour Sajjadi, the Iranian archaeologist responsible for excavations in Burnt City told
The archaeologists have managed to make an animated piece on the basis of
these images in the form of a 20-second film.
Sajjadi said, "The images we have come across in Burnt City have no
precedence in prehistoric times."
After 8 seasons of research in Burnt City, this 5000-year-old site
dating back to 2nd or 3rd century BC still holds many secrets within.
Burnt City was civilized and developed, and cherished very important
ancient crafts including jewelry making and pottery.