historical sites near Bam and Baravat, in Kerman province,
Iranian archeologists have dug out religious relics dating back
to the Achaemenid and Parthian dynasties.
Archeological studies as well as aerial and ground mapping of
Bam have led to the discovery of archeological sites covering an
area of 12 so km and Iran’s oldest aqueduct, all of which are
home to objects ranging from the Achaemenid to the Islamic
periods, said Shahriar Adlsaid, an expert with the Bam Citadel
Four pairs of structures resembling prayer niches have also been
unearthed in the area. Subsequent research on these prayer
niches can throw light on the religious beliefs of the people
who used to live in the region 2,000 years ago, he said, adding
that the evidence gained from research studies reveal that these
structures probably had religious application.
"Nevertheless, we have not yet managed to determine their
exact usage, antiquity and the type of religion prevalent at
that time," he noted.
The four pairs of prayer niche-like structures, which were dug
within soft stones, each include a large prayer niche measuring
120 cm by 80 cm and a small one measuring 50 cm by 25 cm.
Highlighting the significance of the studies on the
12-square-kilometer site, Adl further said given lack of precise
information on early life in Bam, research works can provide
information on the development of life in the quake-stricken
city from the Achaemenid era to subsequent periods.
The historical city of Bam is considered one of Iran's ancient
cities. Archeologists have no clue when the city was first
inhabited due to lack of research.