fourth salt man found at a ancient salt mine in
Chehr-abad, Zanjan last year, has been identified
as a young adult.
According to the latest researches, the man’s
face lacks any beard and his height is 165-70 cm.
This last found salt man is the most intact of all
four found so far.
“During the clearance and fixation of the 4th
salt man, experts found an iron stagger in the
scabbard attached to his waist. Also, two ceramic
jugs have been found with a kind of oil inside
which, scholars believe, could have been used for
lantern” said Abolfazl Ali, head of Chehr-abad
research group. He also mentioned that the salt
man’s cloths include a long quilt reaching his
knees and a thigh high gaiter. “The salt man has
two ear rings but their material has not been
distinguished yet” Ali added.
The first salt man also had golden ear rings and a
sharp instrument attached to his waist that,
scientists believe, could have been used for
The first salt man now kept in the Iranian
National Museum was discovered eleven years ago.
Second, third and fourth salt men found during
archaeological excavation in Chehr-abad salt mine
Experts estimated the first find, aged 35-40 and
measuring 165-170 in height, dated back to the
Sassanid era, some 1700 years ago.