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Tehran Times Culture Desk
TEHRAN (MNA) - The team of experts working at the ruins of the Bam Citadel is trying to shed light on the reasons why children were buried within the walls of the citadel in ancient times, it was announced here on Saturday.
Archaeologists have discovered a number of ancient skeletons in the ruins of the Bam Citadel. The remains of forty-nine children have been found within the walls so far.
Anthropologist Asghar Karimi said that many of the questions of archaeologists and other experts could be answered if the reasons why children were buried within the walls of the citadel in ancient times were ascertained.
The team working on the project is hoping to find the probable roots of such a tradition by interviewing the old residents of the area, the member of the expert team added.
Such a mysterious tradition has not been observed in any other historical region of the country, Karimi said.
Anthropologist Farzad Foruzanfar also mentioned that the initial studies on the remains show that they are from the Islamic era, and no sign of disease has been observed in them.
They were children aged between one month and eight years old, both boys and girls, he added.
The Bam Citadel was almost completely destroyed by a massive earthquake on December 26, 2003.