The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- The sixth salt man was discovered in Chehr-Ābād
Mine in Zanjan
City. It is likely that a large number of salt men were buried in Chehr-Ābād
Mine, said Farhang Farokhi head of Zanjan Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and
Tourism Organization (ZCHTO).
The first salt man was discovered in Zanjān’s Chehr-Ābād salt mine by accident by the miners in 1993. More than a decade later in November 2004, the body of the second salt man was discovered in the same salt mine. The year 2005 was the year of salt men discoveries and bodies of the third, fourth, and fifth salt mummies were unearthed in January, March, and December 2005.
salt men are among rare mummies discovered around the world that are mummified
as a result of natural conditions. Since the salt men have been buried in salt
for centuries, most of their tissues are well preserved. Special conditions of
the salt mine which prevented the activities of micro-organisms caused the
excellent preservation of organic and inorganic materials in the mine.
Tests carried out by Oxford University Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit (ORAU) on the remains and clothing of first and second saltmen, C14 assigned date to the late Parthian dynastic era (1745 BP). The remains of other three saltmen known by numbers 3, 4 and 5, which were also victims of collapsed tunnels C14 testing have placed them in post-Achaemenid period (2245 BP).
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