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Earth is Best Trustee for Sixth Salt Man: Expert


11 June 2007




LONDON, (CAIS) -- Archaeological Research Centre of Iran (ARCI) Director Mohammad-Hassan Fazeli Nashli is opposed to the idea of unearthing the “salt man” recently discovered in the Chehrabad Salt Mine due to the dearth of equipment necessary for protection of the remains.


“Except for some rescue excavations, a question is the main reason for an archaeological excavation. Otherwise, the earth is the best trustee for ancient artifacts because there is no guarantee for their proper protection,” he told the Persian service of CHN on Sunday.


The salt man was discovered by chance when the remains were partially uncovered by a rivulet created by rainfall in early June. It is the sixth salt man to be discovered in the Chehrabad Salt Mine, which is located in the Hamzehlu region near Zanjan.


“So far, five salt men have been unearthed from the mine, but there are still many serious problems in regard to their preservation,” he lamented.


The five salt men can still provide much information for researchers, he said in response to those who are calling for the Sixth Salt Man to be unearthed for study.


Iran is still a novice in protection of artifacts. Thus, when there is no critical question, it is better if we let the artifact remain in the earth, which is the best trustee,” he observed.  


Meanwhile, the rivulet has been blocked and the Sixth Salt Man has been covered with earth. Experts believe that the Sixth Salt Man lived about 1800 years ago.  




Extracted From/Source*: Mehr News


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