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August 23, 2023

The World’s Oldest Known Animation, a 5200 Year-Old Iranian Ceramic Vessel, Found in Shahr-e Sukhteh

A 5,200-year-old pottery bowl discovered in Shahr-e Sukhteh (Burnt City), Iran has five sequential images painted around it that seem to show phases of a Persian Desert Ibex leaping up to nip at a tree. On this ancient piece that can be called the first animation of the world.

On this goblet, with a diameter of 8 cm and a height of 10 cm, the images show movement in an intricate way that is an unprecedented discovery. Some earthenware found in Burnt City show repetitive images, but none of them implicate any movements.

“While excavating the grave in which the cream-colored goblet has been found, we came across a skeleton that probably belongs to the creator of this piece,” Mansour Sajjadi, the Iranian archeologist responsible for excavations in Burnt City told CHN.

The archeologists have managed to make an animated piece on the basis of these images in the form of a 20-second film.

Sajjadi said, “The images we have come across in Burnt City have no precedence in prehistoric times.”

After 8 seasons of research in Burnt City, this 5200-year-old site dating back to 2nd or 3rd century BC still holds many secrets within. Burnt City was civilized and developed and cherished very important ancient crafts including jewelry making and pottery.


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