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4800 Year Old Artificial Eyeball Found in Burnt City

Posted in ancient history, anthropology, archaeology, culture, eye, History, Iran, medicine by Curtis on 12/21/06

From the Cultural Heritage News Agency:

Tehran, 10 December 2006 (CHN Foreign Desk) — Archeologists in Burnt City announced unprecedented discovery of an artificial eyeball, dated to 4800 years ago, in this historic site.

Announcing this news, director of Burnt City archeology excavation team, Mansour Sajadi, said that this eyeball belongs to a sturdy woman who was between 25 to 30 years of age at the time of death. Skeletal remains of the woman were found in grave number 6705 of Burnt City’s cemetery.

Regarding the material used to make this artificial eyeball, Sajadi said: “The material this artificial eyeball is made of has not yet been determined and will be assessed through later testing. However, at first glance it seems natural tar mixed with animal fat has been used in making it.”

Initial studies on the eyeball also suggest formation of an abscess in the eyelid due to long-term contact with the eyeball. Moreover, remaining eyelid tissues are still evident on this artificial eyeball.

According to Sajadi, even the most delicate eye capillaries were drawn on this eyeball using golden wires with a thickness measuring less than half a millimeter. There are also some parallel lines around the pupil forming a diamond shape. Two holes are also seen on the sides of this eyeball to hold it in the eye socket.

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  1. raincoaster said, on 12/21/06 at 9:09 pm

    As I said to Metro, damn, I knew I left it somewhere.

  2. Curtis said, on 12/21/06 at 9:13 pm

    Pick up after yourself, even if you have to grope! ;-)
    Just kidding. BTW, would you be interested in the dubious distinction of being one of my sister city sites over here in the right-hand column? I need someone up yonder to represent.

  3. raincoaster said, on 12/27/06 at 3:27 am

    Is there money in it? Or bourbon?

  4. Curtis said, on 12/27/06 at 8:44 pm

    E-bourbon, maybe?? Yuk, yuk. :-) No need to reciprocate, it would just be cool to see BC represented over there on the ol’ sidebar.

  5. Mary Rogers said, on 1/18/07 at 1:44 am

    Google is the best search engine


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