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Ancient Food Storage Discovered in Bam Citadel

 

 05 September 2005

 

 

 

Excavation of the south part of the barracks in Bam Citadel led to the discovery of a hidden food storage of the soldiers.

The historical of Bam Citadel is one of the biggest adobe complexes in the world which according to the experts dates back to Sassanid era. The citadel and its cultural landscape were registered on UNESCO World Heritage List in 2004.

“Excavations of the clay wall led to the finding of a hole which was covered with small pieces of stones, bricks, hays and animal waste. After removing them, some traces of vetch and wheat were found in the hole. It seems from the appearance of the hole and the little amount of the seeds discovered that it must have been a secret place for hiding food in time of famine” says Eskandar Mokhtari, head of the Bam Salvation Project.

The main part of Bam complex, which is a complete city containing different parts including bazaar, different quarters, and an alcove part, was destroyed by an earthquake two years ago. Since then, different foreign and Iranian experts have tried to study and save the complex from further damage.

The earthen city of Bam is one of the most important historical and cultural cities of Iran and the world, an age-old city belonging to 2000 years ago.