Press TV - Iran's four saltmen, unique salt mummies, have found a new resting
place is one of the most advanced display cases in the world.
The vacuum chamber in Zanjan can precisely control humidity and airflow and is
provided with a nitrogen-rich mixture deadly to known bacteria and mold.
The fourth saltman
Iranian, British, German and Austrian researchers declared air and humidity the
main enemies of salt mummies at the 2nd International Seminar on the Archeology
and Pathology of Saltmen in October, 2007.
The experts examined the saltmen's condition to make the final decision on
carrying out further studies on the Chehrabad salt mine, where the saltmen were
The Chehrabad Salt Mine is located in the Hamzehlou region of Zanjan province in
northwestern Iran. The saltmen, also known as the Iranian salt mummies, were
accidentally discovered by miners in 1993.
Three of the saltmen date to the Parthian (247 BCE - 224 CE) and the Sassanid
(224 - 651 CE) eras, while all other human remains discovered at the site go
back to the Achaemenid Dynasty (550 - 330 BCE).
Artifacts have been discovered alongside the skeletons, including leather shoes,
a leather bag, a terracotta lamp and two cow horns, most of which remain intact.
Salt at the mine worked to preserve the artifacts, as well as the internal
organs of the salt men themselves. Fingernails and hair have also been found
undamaged, which will enable scientific testing to be carried out that could
reveal further clues about these ancient people.
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