Hadian, an expert at Iran’s Research Center for
the Protection and Renovation of Historical
Relics, said on Monday that the Archaeological
Department of Oxford University has special
technology for the determination of the age of
objects of organic origin by measurement of the
radioactivity of their carbon content, which is
known as radiocarbon dating.
piece of clothing worn by the Fourth Salt Man,
part of the clothing and body tissue of the Second
Salt Man, and a piece of the leather shoe of the
Third Salt Man have been sent to the university,”
said that Iran also has the equipment necessary
for radiocarbon dating, but the technique used at
Oxford University requires few samples and is more
results will be announced by Oxford University
within a month, she added.
research center is planning to carry out studies
on the metal objects and textiles discovered with
the salt men to learn about their patterns,
colors, and qualities.
Second Salt Man and the Third Salt Man were
discovered in the Hamzehlu Salt Mine which is
located near Chehrabad village, about 75
kilometers from the northwestern city of Zanjan.
First Salt Man, who lived about 1700 years ago, is
currently on display in a glass case at the
National Museum of Iran in Tehran.