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4000 year old ruler accurate to 1/2 a millimeter...

After finding this how can we say they were "primitive".
I imagine jewellers would use something like that...
 http://www.mehrnews.ir/en/N...

TEHRAN, Jan. 31 (MNA) -- Archaeologists recently discovered a 10-centimeter ruler with an accuracy of half a millimeter in the ruins of the 5200-year-old Burnt City, the director of the archaeological team announced on Monday.

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During the recent excavation, we found a piece of ebony wood 10 centimeters in length with regular furrows which seemed to be created by a sharp instrument. After several examinations using special tools, we learned that the grooves were carved in lengths of one millimeter and half a millimeter, Mansur Sajjadi added.


Through more studies, we became certain that the instrument is a ruler which was used by the people of the Burnt City in precision industries.

Experts believe the instrument indicates that the ancient inhabitants of the Burnt City were very adept in mathematics and geometry.

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The people surely used other measuring tools, but such a ruler must have been used for tiny works, since we had already ascertained that the people were very skilled in making handicrafts such as jewelry, Sajjadi said.


More studies are currently being carried out on the ruler, he added.

Last December, Sajjadi announced the discovery of an earthenware bowl at the Burnt City which bore images of what experts believe is the worlds oldest animated picture drawn around it.

The Burnt City is located 57 kilometers from the city of Zabol in Irans Sistan and Baluchestan Province. It covers an area of 150 hectares and used to be one of the largest cities at the dawn of the urban era. It was built in approximately 3200 B.C. and destroyed some time around 2100 B.C. The city had four stages of civilization and was burnt down three times. Since it was not rebuilt after the last time it was burnt down, it has been named the Burnt City.

Although many studies have been carried out on the Burnt City, so far experts have not been able to determine the ethnicity and language of the citys inhabitants.
By netchicken: posted on 1-2-2005

Its an interesting city, almost worth a website on it alone...

 http://www.iranian.ws/iran_...
The Burnt City, located in the heart of Iran’s eastern desert and embracing hidden mysteries, attracts many archaeologists from across the globe every year.

The 5200-year-old Burnt City is located 57 kilometers from the city of Zabol in Iran’s Sistan and Baluchestan Province. It covers an area of 150 hectares and was one of the largest cities in the world at the dawn of the urban era.

The ruins of the ancient city include a graveyard, a residential area, a central downtown, and an industrial area.

British archaeologist Sir Aurel Stein made the first discoveries in the region and introduced the ancient site to the world.

Later, a team of Italian archaeologists began an excavation project at the site in 1967, and the work has been continued by Iranian archaeologist Mansur Sajjadi since 1974.

Discoveries made in the region have shown that Sistan and particularly the Burnt City were long home to an advanced culture and civilization. Sistan is also believed to have been the meeting point of the great civilizations of Mesopotamia, India, and China in ancient times.

The Burnt City was built in 3200 B.C. and destroyed some time around 2100 B.C. The city had four stages of civilization and was burnt down three times. Since it was not rebuilt after the last time it was burnt down, it has been named the Burnt City.

Even before the excavations at the site, many archaeologists and historians were convinced that ancient cultural centers had been established in southwestern Iran.

But the new discoveries at the site shed light on the importance of the Burnt City and introduced it as one of the largest cities in the world at the time and a center of social, economic, and political affairs during the third and fourth millennia B.C.

Natural events such as the changes in the course of the Hirmand River and the size of the lakes of the region played a major role in the development of the city and probably even caused its decline.

It is said that the inhabitants of the ancient site earned a livelihood through occupations such as hunting, carpentry, weaving, and making pottery.

The ruins of various industrial workshops in the city and surrounding villages also show that the city was an economic center in ancient times.

The discovery of necklaces made of gold and lapis lazuli and beautiful beads indicate that the Burnt City’s inhabitants possessed high technology for producing jewelry.

The materials for the jewelry were brought in from distant places such as Badakhshan in Afghanistan and Khorasan in northeastern Iran, and the finished products were later exported to other places such as Oman and the Persian Gulf islands.

A comb decorated with intarsia work found at the site proves that the art of intarsia was first developed on the Iranian plateau and not in China as was previously believed.

In addition, the discovery of the earliest evidence of brain surgery in history indicates the high level of civilization attained by the residents of the Burnt City.

Even now, over 4000 years since the city was last inhabited, shards and stone dishes are still being unearthed at the site.

The ancient dishes, earthenware, and various pieces of cloth, matting, and wood prove that the Burnt City was one of the most important commercial centers of the fourth millennium B.C.
By netchicken: posted on 1-2-2005

By netchicken: posted on 1-2-2005

Thanks Mike, no I am not googlebot anywhere :)
Long ago I was for a short time, but some humourless b#%$# banned me.
Personally I think its a form of darwinian socialism, only the stupid remain....
By netchicken: posted on 3-2-2005








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