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Experts to Reconstruct Woman's Face with an Artificial Eye


07 March 2009



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LONDON, (CAIS) -- Iranian and European experts are to reconstruct the face of the woman whose 5,000 year-old artificial eye was found in the Burnt City.

Experts will use computer model, CT scans and accurate photography to reconstruct the face of the woman, who is believed to have been between 28 and 32 years of age at death.

“The process will be a completely scientific procedure and the result will be a precise image that will even show the woman's facial muscle structure,” according to Mansour Seyyed Sadjadi the director of the Burnt City archaeological research team, reported the Persian service of CHN.


The 5,000 year-old eye, unearthed two years ago, is made of natural tar and animal fat and thin lines of gold have been used to represent its capillaries.

“The golden lines are half as thick as human hair and can only be seen through a microscope,” said Seyyed Sajjadi. “Such craftsmanship is incredibly unique for 5,000 years ago.”

“If everything goes well we will have a 95 percent reconstructed face of a Burnt City inhabitant,” Seyyed Sajjadi added.

Believed to be the world's oldest prosthetic, the artificial eye was found in the left eye socket of a woman's skeletal remains. A leather pouch was also found beside the skeleton which appears to have been used to keep the eye when it was removed.

The 5,000-year-old Burnt City is located near the northeastern city of Zabol and spans an area of over 300,000 hectares.

Four civilisations have lived in the city which was burnt down three times and not rebuilt after the last fire.

The world's oldest animated picture, dice and backgammon set, and caraway seed have been found in Burnt City.






Some information for this report was extracted from: Iran Press TV  [*]




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