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Discovery of an Achaemenid Fort in Bam


14 September 2008



LONDON, (CAIS) -- Archaeological studies in Bam, Kerman province, following the devastating earthquake in December 2003 have led to the discovery of a fort from the Achaemenid dynastic era (550-330 BCE), Persian service of IRNA reported.


Announcing this, director of archaeological studies in Bam, Shahram Zare' said that exploratory works in 2005 have earlier confirmed that remnants of an Achaemenid fort exist at the site.


Identifying several aqueducts from the period or earlier was among the other important discoveries at the site, he said.


All the findings point to the prevalence of a great social and economic system in the region dating back to 2,000 years ago and Parthian dynastic era (248 BCE - 224 CE), he said.


Signs of invasions by Alexander of Macedonia in the area are also evident and remnants of colonies created by him throughout eastern Iran or elsewhere in the country have been identified, Zare' said.


He further noted that a dustbin from 2,000 years ago was also discovered during excavations.


Contents of the dustbin which included plant seeds and palm stone reveal of the diet of that era, he said.

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