most ancient example of animation, which was
discovered at Iran’s 50200-year-old Burnt City,
will be introduced during the session of the
Association Internationale du Film d'Animation (ASIFA)
that is to be held in Seoul in August, the Iranian
president of the association announced on Friday.
“We plan to introduce the artifact during the
session and to declare it the logo of the Iranian
chapter of ASIFA,” Nureddin Zarrinkelk added.
“Since the animation is the most ancient perfect
animation in the world, it does not belong only to
Iranians. Thus, ASIFA may ask to use it as its
logo.” he said.
Last December, a team of Iranian archaeologists
found an earthenware bowl at the Burnt City with
an animated picture drawn around which is the
oldest example of animation ever discovered
anywhere in the world.
The bowl was found in the grave of a person who
appears to have been the painter of the animated
pictures. The animation shows nine pictures of a
wild goat (Persian desert Ibex) which is jumping to eat the leaves of a tree.
“Movement is clearly seen in those pictures,”
said Mansur Sajjadi, the head of the
archaeological team working at the Burnt City.
“Archaeologists had previously discovered
pictures which had been frequently repeated
without any movement, but the new pictures have
never been seen in any era. This is the first time
that such a thing has been found by archaeologists
at the Burnt City,” Sajjadi explained.
The Burnt City is located 57 kilometers from the
city of Zabol in Iran’s Sistan and Baluchestan
Province. It covers an area of 150 hectares and
was one of the world’s largest cities at the
dawn of the urban era. 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