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to Reconstruct Woman's Face with an Artificial Eye
(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.
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.
information for this report was extracted from: Iran
is the Light on the Path to Future"
British Institute of Persian Studies