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Old 08-21-2021, 10:11 PM   #28
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Default Re: Real-Life Weirdness

In 2006 an archaeological dig in Baluchistan in Iran discovered what they think is the oldest known prosthetic eye, dated to 2800 BC.
The site is known as "the Burnt City" because it seems to have been burnt down three times during its history.
The eye was found on the skeleton of a 6 foot tall, probably Arab woman, who they think was a priestess of some kind. It seems to have been meant for ornament rather than to convince anyone it was a real eye; it was made of bitumen decorated with gold wires representing veins and the rays of the sun, and was held in place with a thin cord, like a pirate's eyepatch.
https://web.archive.org/web/20120223...tion=2&id=6811
https://web.archive.org/web/20120411...tion=2&id=6857
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4449516/
Good place to look for local colour for an ancient setting, but also, as somebody on Twitter commented:
"Do. Not. Remove. The. Golden. Eye. From. The. Unnaturally. Large. Holy. Woman's. SKELETON. Please."
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