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Japanese Experts Take Adobe Samples of Bam Citadel


News Category: Cultural

 12 December 2005



Experts from the Japanese University of Sanyama have taken samples of ancient mud bricks from Bam Citadel (Arg-e Bam) for examination to determine the antiquity of the cultural heritage structure part of which collapsed during a strong earthquake on December 26, 2003.

Following the collapse of the fortress, international organizations drew attention to the historical significance of this cultural heritage and UNESCO registered Bam Citadel as a global cultural heritage site.

Director of the project to save Bam Citadel Eskandar Mokhtari told CHN that Dr. Watanabe, Osada and O. Guchi from the Japanese university are visiting Bam Citadel with the aim of examining its construction materials including the mud bricks.

The visit took place pursuant to earlier exploration of the site by the Japanese university team.

Bam Citadel is a well-known relic from the Sassanid dynastic era, but, the exact date of its construction is not yet known.

Mokhtari said that Japanese professors took samples from the site to determine the resistance of the construction material.

“According to an agreement, the Japanese group will cooperate in reconstructing the citadel by sharing its experience with Iranian architects.
Preliminary examinations by Japanese experts indicated that mud at the site could solidify 10 days after being applied. It will take time to obtain the final results,“ Mokhtari said.

Bam Citadel is 2,000 years old. UNESCO registered it as international heritage after a meeting of International Council on Monuments (ICOMOS) held in China last July.




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