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5th Parthian Saltman Found Under Rock


News Category: Arsacid/Parthian Dynasty (248 BCE - 224 CE)

 31 December 2005



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  Head and left foot of the Fifth Satlman (Click to enlarge)

LONDON, (CAIS) -- The fifth saltman has been found in the vicinity of Chehr-Abad (Chehr-Âbâd) village in Zanjan province embedded under a boulder which has destroyed a significant portion of the ancient body.

Announcing this, Abolfazl Ali, the head of an archeological excavation team in the site, said that no information pertaining to the age and gender of the remains is available since the body is still buried under the rock, according to Persian service of ISNA.

He added the team would begin removing fragments of the remains in the coming days.

Commenting on the examinations conducted earlier on the fourth salt body found in Zanjan, he said the body had been sent to Tehran Jam-e Jam CT Scan Center for further radiography and scanning.

“The age of the fourth saltman nicknamed ’Salt Boy’ has been estimated to be about 16,“ he said, adding that evidence shows that it dates back to the Arsacid dynastic era, 2,000 years ago.

The first saltman, with an antiquity of 1,700 years, was discovered at Chehr-Abad Mine 11 years ago.



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