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CAIS ARCHAEOLOGICAL & CULTURAL NEWS©

 

Fourth Salt Man Under CT Scanner

 

23 October 2005


(CHN) – The face of the fourth salt man discovered in Zanjan province of Iran one year ago is to be revived by means of CT Scan images.

This corpse is the most intact one of four found last year in Zanjan in Chehr Abad mine. Parts of the body have been sent to Oxford University to be dated. Although the corpse is known as “salt man no 4”, it is not yet known for certain whether it is a man or a woman. All other corpses were certainly male ones wearing similar clothing, but the last one was dressed more likely as a woman, and since it is much shorter than the rest, experts believe it could be a woman.

As explained by Jalal Jalal-Shokuhi, radiologist and expert of ancient artifacts, the CT Scans would enable scientists to study the internal body structure of the corpse, while radiology would just provide them with one-dimensional pictures of the body.

With the recreation of the face, a polymer statue of the salt man/woman can be produced.