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Iranian "Salt Men" Lived Contemporarily

The so-called Twin Salt Man has been contemporary with another man whose rather intact body had been discovered earlier in a salt quarry in the Iranian province of Zanjan, experts said, Iranian Cultural Heritage News Agency reported.

Following some tests on the outfit of the Twin Salt Man, Dr. Hoshang Sabouti concluded the fabric was woven almost in the same era. He had already conducted similar studies on the first Salt Man's threadbare attire, discovered a decade ago in the Hamzehlou salt quarry.

"His shirt and trousers are similar to those of the original man in terms of design, color and making," he said, adding the second guy looks taller than his fellow citizen.

While bulldozing salt into trucks, miners discovered the skeletons of the man, now nicknamed the Twin Salt Man, reminiscent of another similar discovery in 1994.

"Some bones of his skull, jaw, hands and feet have been dug out and they are almost intact and wear hair and nails," said a local official in Zanjan Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (CHTO).

Some pieces of clothing and a hand-woven thatch rug with a unique texture were discovered beside the Salt Man, who was 180-185 cm tall and aged between 35-40, as initial forensic tests indicate.

The bones have been transferred to the provincial capital city of Zanjan for further studies. The Hamzelou salt quarry, some 75 km away from Zanjan, would also be expeditiously excavated in a bid to find possible artifacts around him, found just 30 to 40 meters away from the place where the first Salt Man was unearthed.

Experts estimated the first find, aged 35-40 and measuring 165-170 in height, dated back to the Sassanid era, some 1700 years ago.

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