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The Sixth Salt Man: The next victim of disregard for cultural heritage?

TEHRAN, Jan. 2 (Mehr News Agency) -- The Sixth Salt Man is being damaged due to the Zanjan Industries and Mines Organization's total disregard for the nation's cultural heritage.

The 4th saltman

The organization, which possesses the right to exploit the salt from the Chehrabad Salt Mine, wherein all six of the "salt men" were discovered, has prevented the Zanjan Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Department (ZCHTHD) from making an appropriate covering to safeguard the Sixth Salt Man.

The Sixth Salt Man was discovered by chance when the remains were partially uncovered by a rivulet created by an early June rainfall that trickled into the salt mine, which is located in the Hamzehlu region near Zanjan.

However, it was left in-situ due to the dearth of equipment necessary for its preservation.

ZCHTHD experts have only diverted the rivulet and covered the Sixth Salt Man with salt and earth.

The winter rainfalls will seriously damage the Sixth Salt Man due to the lack of a covering over the area where he is buried, ZCHTHD official Abolfazl Afshari told the Persian service of CHN on Wednesday.

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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