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5000 Potsherds Found In Bam Citadel


25 December 2004


Iranian archaeologists have found over 5000 potsherds in Bam citadel in the last few months while transferring rubble and documenting this historical structure.

The Bam citadel comprising a complete city including bazaars, streets, and towers was considered the world's biggest mud-brick structure prior to its near-complete destruction in a major earthquake last December. Experts believe it dates back to the Sassanid era, but there's no conclusive evidence as to its time of construction.

Archaeologists have put up a potsherd bank in Bam to study the potsherds found in the citadel. "As these potsherds belong to different historical periods, studying them can highlight the ups and downs of life in this ancient building", Narges Ahmadi, an archaeologist in the Bam Salvage Project, told CHN.

According to primary research on the potsherds that greatly differ in their technique and design, the experts believe that Bam citadel has experienced a great flourish in the 11th century. Among the potsherds found in Bam, about 4000 belong to the Islamic era, and 10 pieces date back to more than 2000 years ago.


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