Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
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of Bam Body Remains Solved
archaeologists believe that the bodies discovered in the walls of
the bam citadel in southern Iran were buried there during the
citadel siege by Nasrol-dolleh Farman-farma in Qajar era (1794
Experts with the Bam salvage project have discovered in the last
few months 49 bodies shrouded in white inside the walls while
documenting the adobe fence of the 2500-year-old citadel, almost
razed after a devastating earthquake last December.
“During our historical studies to determine the time of the
burials that began several months ago, we came to the conclusion
that the bodies must have been buried in the walls during the
Bam siege by Nasrol-dolleh Farman-farma alias Prince Firouz
Mirza.” Asghar Karimi, anthropologist, told CHN.
“As the people of Bam could not transfer their dead out of the
city during the 1-year siege, and the burial of children
doesn’t necessitate following specific conventions in Islam,
they shrouded the children in white and buried them in the
According to historical records, in the Qajar era when
Nasrol-dolleh was appointed as the Kerman governor, Agha-khan,
Kerman’s ex-governor, rioted and Nasrol-dolleh besieged him in
the Bam citadel for one year.
In the months that skeletons were discovered in the surviving
walls of the Bam citadel, Iranian archaeologists called this the
biggest mystery in recent history, and a team of anthropologists
tried to determine the time period the children were buried.
The Bam citadel was considered the world’s biggest mud-brick
structure prior to its near-complete destruction in a major
earthquake last December.
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