of the body tissues and clothes of the Iranian
salt men discovered in Zanjan province have been
sent for carbon dating to Oxford University.
Modern techniques used by Oxford Archaeology
Department prompted the Iranian officials at the
Restoration and Research Center of the Iranian
Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO)
to send samples of the salt men discovered in the
central province of Zanjan there for further
studies to determine their exact age.
Parts of the clothes of the salt man no 4 which is
made of animal skin, parts of the clothes and body
tissues of salt man no 2 and parts of the leather
shoe of salt man no 3 have been sent to Oxford for
According to chemist of the ICHTO restoration
research center, Manizheh Hadian, Iran has the
ability to carbon date the samples, but the
technique used in the archaeology department of
Oxford needs less samples and is more exact.
Therefore, considering the condition of the salt
men it is more appropriate not to separate great
deals of their body or clothes.
Complementary studies is also carrying out by
Zanjan ICTHO of the potsherds and metal objects
found alongside the men, and the texture, design,
colors, and the material of their clothes.
“The approximate age of the salt men has been
estimated by means of medical and biological
examines. We now know that the first salt man is
between 20-40 years old, but the age of others is
not yet identified,” explains Hadian to CHN.
The results of the new rounds of carbon datings
should be sent back to Iran by end of the month.
Samples of the clothing of the first discovered
salt man were sent to Oxford last year and studies
proved that the man lived some 2000 years ago, at
the end of the Parthian era.