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Experts Studying Achaemenid and Parthian Fabrics


31 January 2007




LONDON, (CAIS) -- A team of Iranian experts from Zanjan University and the Zanjan Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicraft Department (ZCHTHD) are surveying the textiles found at the Chehrabad Salt Mine in the Hamzehlu region near Zanjan.


“In addition to five salt men, about 300 pieces of fabric dating back to the Achaemenid and Parthian dynastic eras have been discovered at the mine so far and the experts are currently studying the artifacts,” the director of the archaeological team working at the Chehrabad Salt Mine, Abolfazl Aali, told the Persian service of CHN on Wednesday.


Some of the pieces of fabric bear various designs and some of them measure one meter in length.


“Zanjan University is well-equipped and famous for its experts in chemical research and has provided excellent labs for ZCHTHD’s archaeologists,” Aali explained.


The weave of the fabrics as well as their colours and motifs will be studied during the project.


Textiles with such diversity are rarely found in ancient sites.


Five bodies dubbed “salt men”, clad in various types of dress, have been unearthed by mineworkers over the past ten years.


Exploitation of the privately-owned mine was halted by the Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicraft Organization (CHTHO).


The first Salt Man lived about 1700 years ago and died sometime between the ages of 35 and 40. He is currently on display in a glass case at the National Museum of Iran in Tehran.


The team of archaeologists is still searching for more salt men in the mine. There are plans to put all of the salt men on display at the Anthropology Museum of Zanjan.




Extracted From/Source: Mehr News

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