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Legends revisited: the city of little people

Posted on Monday, 7 July, 2014 | Comment icon 17 comments

Iran has a rich archaeological history. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Jeanne Menj
The discovery in Iran of a tiny mummified body back in 2005 prompted rumors of an ancient city of dwarfs.
The mummy, which was found in the ancient Persian village of Makhunik ( modern day Iran ), caused quite a stir when it was first revealed almost 10 years ago.

Its size, coupled with the alleged discovery of architecture that seemed to have been built by a people of a smaller stature, lead to rumors of an ancient city populated entirely by little people.

As time passed however the claims became embroiled in controversy as experts questioned many aspects of the discoveries. The excavation that uncovered the mummy and the ruins turned out to have been part of an illegal operation and everything from the date of the discoveries to the age of the mummy was called in to question.

Upon further investigation no evidence of the abnormally small buildings could be found and the mummy, far from being an adult, turned out to be little more than a baby. Anthropological studies also dated the mummy to just 400 years ago, putting to rest the concept of a 5,000-year-old dwarven city.

In the end the incident turned out to be little more than a prime example of media sensationalism based on false information, rumor and misrepresentation.

Source: The Epoch Times | Comments (17)

Tags: Dwarf, Little People, Iran, Makhunik

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #8 Posted by John Wesley Boyd on 7 July, 2014, 22:09
Shows over, folks. On to Iceland, where the wee folk stop construction projects, are seen, everyday.
Comment icon #9 Posted by WoIverine on 8 July, 2014, 1:35
There's actually one in FL. It's called Gibsonton.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Scheming B on 8 July, 2014, 1:42
I'm tempted to buy a Gorilla costume and get a guy in a Godzilla costume to fight me there
Comment icon #11 Posted by qxcontinuum on 8 July, 2014, 3:31
Once again, a proof, how wrong scientists can get and their fancy carbon dating methods.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Peter B on 8 July, 2014, 13:06
What do you mean? Which scientists got what age wrong? Have a look at this article: It dates from October 2005 and already contains skeptical comments. The only two people named in the article are archaeologists and both doubt the dwarf claims. Yes, it mentions the idea the dwarf must be 16-17 years old, but the assertion has no name attached to it.
Comment icon #13 Posted by John Wesley Boyd on 8 July, 2014, 19:41
Simpsons did it.
Comment icon #14 Posted by SaraT on 8 July, 2014, 20:54
So they found Hobbits!
Comment icon #15 Posted by Calibeliever on 9 July, 2014, 13:57
yeah, I never did trust them fancy science dudes ... with their fancy dating methods and their electronical gadgets and such ... I'm perty shur they're just makin' that stuff up.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Scheming B on 11 July, 2014, 23:49
Story of my life

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