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Salt Men Goes to Cambridge University


01 February 2006



LONDON, (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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News Source: CHN

Related News: 31 Dec 2005: 5th Parthian Saltman Found Under Rock

31 Dec 2005: Sexuality of the 2,000-Years-Old Salt Mummy Determined




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