The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
LONDON, (CAIS) -- The Archaeology Research Center of Iran (ARCI) plans to conduct a series of surgical operations on the ancient salt men of Zanjan’s Chehrabad Salt Mine, the Persian service of CHN reported on Saturday.
project is being undertaken to complete archaeological studies and carry out
other scientific research on the unique mummies, ARCI director Mohammad-Hassan
Fazeli Nashli said.
operations will be performed on the salt men’s soft tissue and entrails, which
have remained intact due to the high quality of the mummification, he added.
project will be carried out in Iran and the ARCI proposes to invite foreign
experts to take part if necessary, he noted.
played host to Iranian and foreign experts at a two-day conference on the salt
men, which took place October 25-26.
First Salt Man, who is believed to have been approximately 35 years old when he
died more than 1700 years ago, was discovered by workers at the salt mine in
then, five other salt men have been found -- although experts believe that the
salt mine may contain many more mummies. However, it has been decided to leave
any other mummified bodies to rest in peace due to the lack of equipment and
technology necessary for their preservation in Iran.
Sixth Salt Man was recently discovered, but it was re-covered and left in situ.
Nashli said at the time of the discovery of the sixth mummy, that Iran is still
a novice in the art of preservation and so it is better that it remains in the
earth, which is its best trustee.”
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