(Persia Digest) – The skeleton of a species of monkey dating back to 5000 years ago which was discovered in a grave in Shahr-e Suktheh [The Burnt City] in southeastern Iran has gone on display here for the first time.

Studies show that this kind of monkey was not native to Iran and was brought into the City from East and Southeast Asia.

In the ancient world, monkeys were considered a luxurious item among the aristocracy and were imported mostly to be given as gifts to a special class of people.

Scientific studies on the skeleton discovered at the cemetery show that it died in captivity inside a cage and buried like a beloved child with a beautiful container.


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At the same time as the Museum Week in Iran, the statue of a woman with an artificial eye also went on display in a museum in Zahedan, southeastern Iran.

Shahr-e Suktheh is the name of the remains of an ancient city-state in Iran which is 5000 years old. It is one of the most advanced ancient cities known in the world.

At the 38th session of the World Heritage Committee on 22 June 2014, Shahr-e Sukhteh was inscribed by Unesco as a World Heritage.

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