National Museum held a one-day seminar on Monday
to review archeological operations to excavate the
well-preserved remains of ancient humans known as
'Salt Men' which were found in a salt mine in
Chehrabad, near Zanjan.
Latest findings at the site indicate that the mine
does not contain the remains of just one prince.
According to Iran Daily, experts participating in
the gathering discussed how the relatively
well-preserved human remains were discovered in
the salt mine.
They maintained that based on preliminary studies
on the relics recovered during excavations, the
findings from the western section of the mine
dated back to second half of the first millennium.
Director of the team studying the items discovered
in the site, Abolfazl Aali told Iran Daily that in
1993 the miners came across the remains of Salt
Man No: 1.
The items found in the person of the Salt Man
indicated that the man was a prince, he noted.
Aali further stated that 12 years after the
discovery of the first salt man, three other salt
men were also found.
Special conditions of the salt mine which
prevented the activities of microorganisms caused
the excellent preservation of organic and
inorganic materials in the mine.
So far, Salt Man No: 4 is the best preserved of
the four discovered natural mummies in Chehrabad
mine, which is located 75 kilometers west of