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ZCHTHD to Make Protection Coverings for Archaeological Sites in Chehrabad Salt Mine

 

15 February 2008

 

 

LONDON, (CAIS) -- The Zanjan Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Department (ZCHTHD) plans to make appropriate coverings for the archaeological sites in the Chehrabad Salt Mine to safeguard them against rainfall.

 

The salt mine is located in the Hamzehlu region near Zanjan, which is the capital of the northern Iranian province of the same name.

 

The company that possesses the right to exploit the salt from the salt mine where all six of the “salt men” were discovered has prevented the ZCHTHD from constructing any covering for the sites up to now.

 

The previous contract signed by the Zanjan Industries and Mines Organization and the company expired on February 07.

 

However, the company is currently continuing its mining activities, which may cause serious damage to the archaeological trenches dug by a team led by Abolfazl Aali.

 

The activities also threaten the Sixth Salt Man, which was discovered by chance when the remains were partially uncovered by a rivulet created by an early June rainfall. It has been left in-situ due to the dearth of equipment necessary for its preservation.    

 

“ZCHTHD planned to construct the coverings about three months ago, but the project was postponed due to the company’s objections,” Aali told the Persian service of CHN on Friday.

 

The proposal to make coverings for the sites was brought up again after the expiration of the contract, he added.

 

“The approaching spring rainfall is the main problem threatening the sites. The water makes its way into the trenches and destroys the archaeological strata,” Aali explained.

 

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

 

The First Salt Man is on display at the National Museum of Iran in Tehran and the other four are being kept at the Rakhtshuikhaneh Museum in Zanjan.

 

 

 

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