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Experts to Examine New Ways to Save Salt Men


24 July 2007




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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.


Over the past decade, five salt men have been unearthed at the Chehrabad (Chehr-ābād) Salt Mine located in the Hamzehlu region near Zanjan.


The 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.


“After 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.


“Some further erosion can be observed on the mummies in comparison with that which was present at the time of discovery,” he added.


“The 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.


The Sixth Salt Man was recently discovered, but it was left in-situ due to the dearth of equipment necessary for its preservation.


The 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 proper protection.”


Experts believe that the Sixth Salt Man lived about 1800 years ago.


Studies 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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