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Golden miniature rhyton from Persian Empire detected in Iran

on November 18, 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.

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The golden miniature rhyton detected with gold detector Bionic 01 and 3D ground scanner Rover UC.
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The rhyton has been found in Iran, the former Persian Empire, and is made of pure gold.

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.

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Besides the golden rhyton several ancient coins has been found.
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Also this ancient oil lamps has been discovered with the OKM metal detectors.

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