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An Achaemenid City Uncovered Near Bam


News Category: Achaemenian Dynasty

 29 August 2004



Archeologists engaged in excavations in ancient sites near Bam and Barawat cities (Kerman province) have unearthed objects revealing settlements from the Achaemenid dynastic era.

During their research studies in the past months, archeologists have identified ancient sites and the oldest aqueduct systems uncovering objects ranging from the Achaemenid dynastic era to post Sasanian era.

The Persian daily Jam-e Jam quoted the archeologist and expert engaged in Arg-e Bam project, Shahriar Adl as saying, —Following the research works conducted on potteries found in the ancient sites near Bam, we have managed to identify a piece of land measuring 400 square meters, which was once a residential area.

Noting that the Achaemenid city covers an area of one square kilometers, he said, —Given the aqueduct system and large volume of crockery, it is estimated that the settlement, which included urban, rural and industrial areas, was established in the sixth and seventh centuries BC.

Earlier in their research studies on the ancient sites near Barawat, the archeologists identified objects unearthed in two other lots dating back to the pre-Islamic era and the 10th and 11th centuries AD.

According to Adl, no accurate information on the formation of the main hub of the ancient city is so far available.


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