The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(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.
salt mine is located in the Hamzehlu region near Zanjan, which is the capital of
the northern Iranian province of the same name.
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.
previous contract signed by the Zanjan Industries and Mines Organization and the
company expired on February 07.
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.
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
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.
proposal to make coverings for the sites was brought up again after the
expiration of the contract, he added.
approaching spring rainfall is the main problem threatening the sites. The water
makes its way into the trenches and destroys the archaeological strata,” Aali
believe that the Sixth Salt Man lived about 1800 years ago.
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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