in the southern areas of Bam city in Kerman resulted in
new discoveries of a 5 kilometer area of archeological
sites and ancient hills, which include more than 20
villages and residential areas.
The new discovery is latest in a series of excavations and
mappings carried out in the Bam area during last year,
leading to the discovery of remains as old as the Achaemenid
times in a 20 square kilometer area.
According to archeologist of Bam restoration project,
Chahryar Adle, during the last two weeks some ancient
hills and archeological sites have been discovered, which
date back to the third and fourth millennium BCE.
More than 20 villages and residential areas have been
identified in the primary studies carried out, Adle told
CHN, adding that these areas are covered with pottery
designed with geometrical and animal prints.
The newly discoveries can be of great help in
understanding the residential history of the area, and
provide the archeologists with information on the social,
political, cultural, and religious life of the ancestral
residents of Bam city.
The historical clay city of Bam, called Bam Citadel, is
one of the oldest cities of Iran, 70% of which was
destroyed in the devastating earthquake of 26th of
December 2003, killing more than 27000 people.
A team of Iranian and foreign archeologists and cultural
heritage experts have since then took part in a massive
project to revive the citadel and find out more about its