Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Burnt women's face reconstructed

The reconstructed face of a female skeleton found in Iran's Burnt city has been displayed in Rome's National Museum of Oriental Art wearing an artificial eyeball.

This 5,000-year-old skeleton was unveiled during a ceremony attended by the head of Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization Hamid Baqaei and Iran's ambassador to Italy Seyyed Mohammad-Ali Hosseini.

ISNA has reported that this women's face reconstructed by a group of Iranian and Italian researchers, is famous for carrying the first prosthesis to have been used by man.

This unique discovery was the result of an archaeological excavation in the Burnt City in 2006, when archaeologists found an artificial eyeball on a 1.82-meter- tall female skeleton, much taller than ordinary women of her time, and dated back to between 2900 and 2800 BCE.

The eyeball had a hemispherical form with a diameter of just over 2.5 cm and was made of a light material. The surface was covered with a thin golden layer, engraved with a central circle to represent the iris.

The eye was held in place with a golden thread, which went through tiny holes drilled on both sides of the eye.

Source: http://www.presstv.ir/

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