(CAIS) -- To implement genetics studies and DNA
analysis, biopsy samples of salt men found in Chehr-Abad
Mine in Zanjan Province are going to be transferred to the
University of Cambridge; the English-Service CHN said in
an article yesterday, January 31.
“Following the end of the second season of excavations
in the Chehr-Abad Mine, some archeology, anthropology and
in particular genetic experts were invited to analyze the
outcomes of studies carried out so far on the mummies,”
said Abolfazl A’li, head of the archeological excavation
team in Chehr-Abad.
“After the visit of Dr. Ashrafian, the Iranian expert in
genetics in Cambridge University, some biopsies were taken
from all mummies to be transferred to the University of
Cambridge by him,” added A’li.
According to A’li, the outcome of genetic experiments on
the mummies will not be declared at a determined date.
“We are trying to publish the results of the genetic
studies which have been done on the salt men together with
the report of the second season of excavations.”
Moreover, A’li said that the final result on the age of
mummies No. 2 and 3 will be announced by Oxford University
within a few days. He also stressed that based on the
outcomes of the studies, the death of these mummies did
not occur simultaneously and there is a period of 500
years between the dates of their deaths.
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