May 20, 2019, 3:04 PM
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5000-year-old monkey skeleton found in Burnt City in Iran

Zahedan, May 20, IRNA – The 5,000-year-old monkey skeleton that was found in Shahr-e Sukhteh (Burnt City) in eastern Iran, was put on display in the southeastern local museum for the first time, a provincial tourism official said.

'The monkey had been five years old when buried,' said said Deputy of Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization of Sistan-Baluchistan Province Mehdi Arbabnia, adding that monkeys have been a sign of aristocracy in Shahr-e Sukhteh.

Arbabnia said that the monkey was buried like a human child, which shows the status of the animal. There have been found a glass that most probably had been used for drinking, which proves that it had been a pet.

The discovered skeleton belongs to monkeys of eastern Asia, which is very rare, too, he said.

The monkey and the statue of the woman who owned the famous artificial eye are put on display on the occasion of International Museum Day.

Located near the eastern border of Iran, the Burnt City dates back to the third millennium BC. Based on the findings of archaeologists, the Burnt City has a span of 280 hectares and its remains show that the city had five basic parts, including the residential part located in the northeastern section of the Burnt City, central parts; the industrial area; historical monuments and the cemetery that are located as successive hills attached together. Eighty hectares of the Burnt City formed the residential areas.

One of the most amazing findings of the Burnt City is the discovery of the signs of the most ancient brain surgery on the skull of a 12- or 13-year-old girl 4,800 years ago parts of which had been removed by doctors of that area for the treatment of hydrocephalus (collection of liquid in the skull) and undergone surgical operation. The girl had stayed alive for a long time after the operation.

The first animation and oldest backgammon were unearthed among hundreds of other one-of-kind antiques.


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