The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
LONDON, (CAIS) -- The Zanjan Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Department (ZCHTHD) plans to gather a number of Iranian, British, and German experts at a seminar in October in order to investigate new techniques for the preservation of Iran’s salt men.
the past decade, five salt men have been unearthed at the Chehrabad (Chehr-ābād)
Salt Mine located in the Hamzehlu region near Zanjan.
First Salt Man is on display at the National Museum of Iran in Tehran and the
other four are being kept at the Rakhtshui-khaneh Museum in Zanjan.
all the measures that have been taken for the preservation of the salt men at
the Rakhtshui-khaneh Museum, they are still not in good condition,” ZCHTHD
director Frahang Farrokhi told the Persian service of CHN on Monday.
further erosion can be observed on the mummies in comparison with that which was
present at the time of discovery,” he added.
method that we have used for preserving the salt men is only efficient in the
short term. We need to learn new techniques in order to conserve them for future
generations,” Farrokhi explained.
Sixth Salt Man was recently discovered, but it was left in-situ due to the
dearth of equipment necessary for its preservation.
Archaeological Research Centre of Iran (ARCI) Director Mohammad-Hassan Fazeli
Nashli opposed the idea of unearthing the Sixth Salt Man saying, “The earth is
the best trustee for ancient artifacts because there is no guarantee for their
believe that the Sixth Salt Man lived about 1800 years ago.
on the Fourth Salt Man indicate that the body is 2000 years old and that he was
15 or 16 years old at the time of death.
It is still not clear when the other salt men lived, but archaeologists estimate that the First Salt Man lived about 1700 years ago and died sometime between the ages of 35 and 40.
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