Iranian ancient village in the south of Khorasan province, known as Makhunik, has astonished many people who are fond of visiting a real dwarf city.
Located bout 100km east of Shahdad district in Kerman (Khorasan’s neighboring province), the remains of the ancient city and the discovered structures evoke the image of ‘Liliput City’ described in Jonathan Swift’s famous novel, Gulliver’s Travels.
According to archaeologists’ reports, the ancient town of Makhunik (Makhoonik) was the land of Aratta civilization and dwarf humans are also said to have existed since 6000 BCE.
The small size of the discovered structures in the city can be the evidence of the belief.
Moreover, finding a 25-centimeter mummified dwarf at the area in 2005, which created great sensations among public, can also support the claim.
The corpse was excavated by two smugglers who wanted to sell the mummy for about more than 3 million U.S. dollars in Germany. The archaeologists noted that it might have been mummified under natural processes.
While forensic studies could not help the archeologists in determining the exact age of the corpse, it was estimated that the dwarf should have been 16-17 years old at the time of death.
The research at the area revealed that even in some years ago, the height of people in Makhunik seldom reached 150 cm but now they have about normal size.
Meanwhile, the oldest metal flag in human history was also unearthed in this ancient city.