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9/6/04

Bodies of Six Ancient Infants Discovered in Iran's Ruined Bam Citadel

While profiling and documenting the western wall of the quake-stricken Bam Citadel, Iranian archeologists stumbled upon six bodies of one-year-old children, 5 of them shrouded, Iranian Cultural Heritage News Agency reported.

The discovery happened late last week and experts immediately started their studies to reckon when they were buried.

"Four bodies are wrapped with a white shroud while the other is shrouded in black and white. The last body lacks any covering," said Narges Ahmadi, archeologist with the Bam restoration project.

The shrouded bodies were first encased in cotton and then wrapped and interned, she added.

The skulls are partially ruined and the skeletal remained are rather deformed, making experts to wonder about the exact date of the burial.

In order to determine the gender of the infants, a team of anthropologists are due to be assigned to the southern city, ruined last December in a ferocious earthquake, which killed up to 26,000 people, though officials figure had initially put the casualties over 50,000.

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