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11 December 2018 - 20:48
Remains of barracks room discovered in SE Iran

The second season of explorations and probing operations in Bampur Castle has so far led to the discovery of remains of the two rooms of the barracks, the eastern side of the entrance gate of the middle court, part of the southern gap of the barracks yard, and the discovery of the remains of the walls of the mentioned spaces.

The Public Relations Office of the Research Institute of Cultural Heritage and Tourism (RICHT) quoted the head of the archeology team, Nowzar Heydari, as saying that Bampur Castle which was for a long time, especially during the Qajar era, the center of governance of Baluchestan, is rectangular in shape and has been built in the north-south axis.

He further remarked that the castle consists of three main parts of the southern yard, the middle court and the ruler residence section.

Heydari pointed to the southern yard (the barracks) as the most expanded part of the castle and said the entrance gate of the castle opens to this part and remains of several rooms (25 to 30 rooms) exist in its center and around it and based on historical documents it used to be the place for the stationing of the soldiers.

He noted that the middle yard is a rectangular space that is separated by an adobe wall from other parts and connected by two gates to the soldiers section and the residence of the ruler and it seems that the space has been a space for the gathering of the forces and is considered as a part of the barracks that forms the western center of the castle.

According to the archeologist, the yard of the residence of the ruler which has been the highest part of the castle and constitutes the northern half of it, consists of several spaces, the most notable of which is a circular tower with an approximate height of 5 meters and a diameter of about 12 meters which used to be the place for patrolling and the stockpile of weapons.

He added that in historical sources, including those in the Qajar period, it has been stated that the castle was built on a hand-made hill, which is correct to a large extent.

He said the organic materials such as remain of mat woven with date palms, animal hair, charcoal, burnt seeds like dates and wheat, rotten wood parts, different pieces of glazed pottery as well as remains of bracelets made of glass paste, oxidized bronze and iron objects, various beads, etc. are among the findings of this exploration season.

Bampur Castle is located in the Jazmourian geographic-cultural area, 18 km west of the city of Iranshahr, on the northwest side of Bampur city, south of Sistan and Baluchestan Province.

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