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ORAU: Chehr-Abad Saltmen Were Parthians

 

10 February 2006

 

 

saltman1.jpg (39287 bytes)LONDON, (CAIS) -- Tests carried out by Oxford University Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit (ORAU) on the remains and clothing of two saltmen discovered in Chehr-Abad (Chehr-Âbâd) salt mine, 14C assigned date to the late Parthian dynastic era (1745 BP). The results proved Iranian archaeologists' hypothesis correct. Both saltmen numbered 1 and 2 were the victims of collapsed tunnels.

 

The remains of other three saltmen known by numbers 3, 4 and 5, which were also victims of collapsed tunnels 14C have placed them in post-Achaemenid period (2245 BP).

 

The earliest evidence of salt mining in Chehr-Abad goes back to 2,500 years ago, during the Achaemenid dynastic era.

 

Radiocarbon dating is a method of obtaining age estimates on organic materials. It has been used to date samples as old as 50,000 years. The method was developed in the 1950s by a team of scientists under Professor Willard F. Libby of the University of Chicago, and has provided age determinations in archaeology, geology, geophysics and other branches of science.

 

  

 

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