Achaemenid Gold Book
During the month of October 2005, police in Tehran, capital of Iran, recovered a number of artifacts that a farmer had found while plowing a field and sold to smugglers. Among the objects was a book comprised of 8 gold sheets inscribed in cuneiform script, which was used in much of the ancient Near East. The sheets were bound by four small rings passing through holes in the sheets. The book is from the Achaemenid period, which began in the mid-sixth century BC.