a set of anthropological studies on remains of 8 children
unearthed inside the embankment of the Bam Citadel, experts
diagnosed no disease as their death cause but said they dated
from the Islamic era.
“The remains belonged to girls and boys aged 1 to 8 and since
they are buried in accordance with Islamic burial rituals, they
most probably used to live after the invasion of Arabs into Iran
in the 6th century,” said Iranian anthropologist Farzad
He reckons since in Islam vertical interment is prohibited, the
kids were buried in an emergency situation, say when the
2,500-year-old adobe fort was surrounded by foes. The remains
are mainly intact since they were entombed inside the
embankments of the citadel and the weather in the southern city
of Bam, almost completely ruined during a terrible quake last
December, is arid.
“We are, later on, going to conduct DNA tests on them to
determine their exact age and to confirm the theory on their
death which contends they were starved,” added Forozanfar.