The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
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.
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.
of the pieces of fabric bear various designs and some of them measure one meter
University is well-equipped and famous for its experts in chemical research and
has provided excellent labs for ZCHTHD’s archaeologists,” Aali explained.
weave of the fabrics as well as their colours and motifs will be studied during
with such diversity are rarely found in ancient sites.
bodies dubbed “salt men”, clad in various types of dress, have been
unearthed by mineworkers over the past ten years.
of the privately-owned mine was halted by the Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and
Handicraft Organization (CHTHO).
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.
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