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9/13/04

Iranian Archeologists Find 5 More Bodies Beneath Bam Walls

Iranian archeologists have found 5 more bodies beneath the fortifications of the Bam Citadel, south of Iran, raising the number of remains so far unearthed to 10, Iranian Cultural Heritage News Agency repported.

Experts with the Bam Salvage Project said they have discovered the bodies while documenting the adobe fence of the 2500-year-old citadel, almost razed after a brutal earthquake last Dec.

"Late last week Iranian archeologists discovered the remains of 4 infants and one adolescent beneath the mud-brick fence," said Seyyed Hadi Ahmedi, an expert with the project.

"All bodies had been shrouded in white and their skulls and other bones have decomposed."

Two weeks ago archeologists working on Bam announced they have found 6 infant bodies, but then they revised down the number to 5. A team of anthropologists are seeking to determine the time period the infants have been possibly interned.

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