investigation must be carried out at the National Museum of Iran (NMI) to
determine if the ancient artifact has been misplaced somewhere in the
museum or if it is gone, Alireza Khosravi added.
official in charge of NMI’s possessions is currently in London to
arrange the September exhibition entitled ‘Forgotten Empire: The World
of Ancient Persia’ in the British Museum. We have to wait until the
official returns from London,” he explained.
the earthenware bowl has been registered on the list of the National
Museum’s properties under a different name,” he said, adding that
there is still a long way to go to resolve the matter.
and foreign news outlets have issued conflicting reports on the ancient
a recent speech in the Majlis, the MP representing Taft asked the
president to seriously pursue the matter.
December, a team of Iranian archaeologists announced that they had found
an earthenware bowl at Iran’s 5200-year-old Burnt City with an animated
picture drawn around it which is the oldest example of animation ever
discovered anywhere in the world.
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
goat which is jumping to eat the leaves of a tree.
to experts, movement is clearly seen in the pictures.
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