Golden miniature rhyton from Persian Empire detected in Iran
18 نوفمبر 2011
The long-range gold detector Bionic 01 and the undercover metal detector Rover UC, a 3D ground scanner controlled by an Android smartphone, have been used by Iranian treasure hunters from Kermanshah to locate a golden miniature rhyton, some oil lamps as well as several ancient coins from the Persian Empire.
Rhytons were very common in ancient Persia, where they were called takuk. A lot of gold and silver artifacts as well as other luxuries, including numerous rhytons, were brought to Greece after a victory against the Persian Empire. From that time on rhytons became very popular in ancient Greece too.
The detected miniature rhyton from Iran has a size of 6 x 7 cm (2.4 x 2.8 in), weights 13 gramms and has been found in a depth of 70 cm (27.6 in). The place of detection is in Kermanshah, the west part of Iran.