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2000-year-old City Unearthed near Bam


06 May 2004



An old city of 2000-year-old was discovered 6 kilometers out of the earthquake shaken city of Bam, near Baravat village.

The historical mud brick city of Bam is considered one of the oldest cities of the country. However, has not so far been exactly dated due to lack of research on the matter; however, based on the existing archeological remains of the area, most importantly Bam Citadel, experts date it probably back to the time of the Parthian, Sassanid dynasties, or even earlier.

The newly discovered historical city covers an area more than 20 hectares and preliminary studies and first pottery found there dates it back to pre-Parthian era, explained head of Bam restoration project Mohammad Hassan Talebian.

He believes that the new finding and more studies that are to be carried in the area can help set an exact date for the beginning of residence in Bam.

Some other villages and qanats dating back to 800 years ago were also discovered one kilometer east of Bam when aerial pictures were taken for Bam restoration project.



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