working in the earthquake-hit Bam Citadel of
Kerman, have discovered more than 40 thousand
pieces of potsherds in the fortifications around
The historical citadel is considered one of the
major mud brick structures of the world which was
destroyed in the devastating earthquake that hit
the region on 26th of December 2003. Experts
believe that the citadel is most probably built at
the time the Sassanids ruled Iran.
The number of the pottery shards found in the
fortifications around the Citadel was once just
5000, but with the documenation work and removal
of the debris continuing, the number rised to some
40 thousand, unearthed from just three sections of
the wall, an archaeology expert with the Bam
Rescue Project, Narges Ahmadi, told CHN.
Ahmadi, who considers the collection unique,
explained that the discovered treasures are now
categorized based on their creatin date, which
range from the fourth millenium BC to the Qajar
period. Most of the discovered pottery belong to
the beginning of the Islamic era, and therefore it
is now assumed that the Citadel had the peak of
its population during that time.
The pottery which are of a large variety of
colours and forms could help experts find out more
about the history of the region and more
specifically of Bam Citadel.