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Archaeologists conduct excavations in ancient Iranian salt mines

Researchers from Iran and Germany began a fresh round of excavations in Chehrabad Salt Mine in the northwestern province of Zanjan to reach layers dating back to the Achaemenid Empire.

Archaeologists conduct excavations in ancient Iranian salt mines
'Salt man' mummy discovered in the central Iranian province of Zanjan [Credit: CHN]
The mine, in which materials pertaining to the Achaemenid and Sassanid empires have been found, gained global fame over the past two decades for its natural mummies.

Meanwhile, German archaeologist Nicholas Schemrel said on Sunday he would rebuild a three-dimensional image of the salt men discovered in Chehrabad Salt Mine.

He said that archaeological studies would be carried out to determine the images of Salt Men and register all details.

Schemrel recalled that all the images and photos in full details would enter the software called 'Agi soft-foto scan'.

The software will create images with full details in various dimensions of each of the salt men.

He said the mummies of salt men are so sensitive, so moving them is so hazardous as they may be damaged.

The result of the facial imagery would be published in five months.

So far, the corpses of six salt men have been discovered from the salt mine in Zanjan.

In Chehrabad Salt Mine, a window has been opened on prehistoric mining: In 1994, 2004 and 2005, workers and archaeologists discovered the mummified remains of five miners who fell to their death in a mining accident. It was a disaster for the victims, but a sensation for modern archaeology.

Since 2010, an international team has been studying this mine, which was in operation under the Achaemenids (6th to 4th centuries BCE) and Sassanids (4th to 6th century CE).

Source: Iran Today [October 24, 2016]

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