A piece of pottery has been revealed to exhibit the world’s oldest known instance of animation: a cavorting goat. (Follow the link to see an animated image of the goat in action.)
A 5,200-year-old bowl found in Iranâ€™s Burnt City in the 1970s features a series of five images that researchers have only recently identified as being sequential, much like those in a zoetrope. Giving the bowl a spin, one would see a goat leaping to snatch leaves from a tree…
Just like ArchaeoBlog (where we found this article), we count nine images. But it must be that New Math we keep hearing about.
In a further comment, researchers have also proven scientifically that this piece of pottery is a better piece of animation than all the Disney cheapquels put together. “Give me a few seconds of a leaping goat over the whole of Bambi 2 any day of the week, pal,” one remarked.