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4the Millennium BCE Residential Areas Discovered in Bam


Thursday, 10 February 2005



Excavations 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 history.



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