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LONDON, (CAIS) -- French archaeologist Michèle Casanova said that the artifacts unearthed from the royal tombs in the ancient Sumerian city of Ur came from Iran’s 5200-year-old Burnt City, the Persian service of CHN reported on Friday.
we are almost certain that the beautiful artifacts discovered in the city of Ur
had been brought from the Burnt City, Jiroft, and Central Asia. This fact raises
many questions, including why trade relations were established between the
regions,” Casanova said.
who is also an expert on ornamental stones and particularly lapis lazuli, and
several other non-Iranian archaeologists are working together with the Iranian
team at the Burnt City, near the city of Zabol in Sistan-Baluchestan Province.
most interesting point is that all the ornamental dishes made of soapstone have
been discovered in temples and royal tombs,” noted Casanova, who is also a
professor at the University of Rennes.
fact indicates that ornamental dishes were very common, so the artifacts were
buried with ordinary people. However, such dishes had been brought to
Mesopotamia as a precious object for temples and royal families,” he
seasons of excavations have been carried out at the Burnt City.
artificial eyeball is one of the most surprising artifacts discovered at the
Burnt City during the current excavations led by Mansur Sajjadi.
team also discovered an earthenware bowl at the Burnt City which bears images of
what experts believe is the world’s oldest “animated” picture drawn around
had previously estimated the size of the city at 150 hectares, but the latest
study shows that the city covers an area of 180 hectares.
was built circa 3200 BCE and destroyed some time around 2100 BCE.
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
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