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Salt man

Salt man

The Salt Man was discovered in Iran, in the Chehrabad salt mines located in Zanjan Province. In the winter of 1993, miners came across a body with long hair, a beard and some artifacts. These included the remains of a body, a foreleg inside a leather boot, three iron knives, a woolen half trouser, a silver needle, a sling, parts of a leather rope, a grind stone, a walnut, some pottery shards, some designed textile fragments, and finally a few broken bones. Visual characteristics presented long hair and beard and a golden earring on the left ear indicating that he was a high ranked man. Five other corpses, including a woman, were discovered later in the same salt mine. Samples of these salt men and their belongings including their clothes had previously been sent to Oxford and Cambridge universities to be dated by implementing genetics studies and DNA analysis. The results showed that the first two discovered salt men belong to the Sassanid dynastic period (224-651 AD) while the last three are dated to the Achaemenid dynastic era 9550-330 BC).
This salt man was dated to about 1700 years ago. By testing a sample of hair, the blood group B+ was also determined.

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LyleT17-Nov-2013 10:25
Absolutely fascinating. VV
Karen Moen05-Feb-2013 08:05
Amazing history and historical artifacts that can provide so much information of long ago. We just had a mummy collection tour in our city for several months. I wonder how those people would have felt about being on public display...Your work is impeccable. Voted.
sandra kroeger22-Jan-2013 07:29
Amazing! Thank you for sharing.
clickA SF01-Aug-2012 05:49
Incredible story and the photo, Ali! BV +
Fred & Julie Bertram17-Jul-2012 11:38
Amazing! V
Ron LaCroix30-Aug-2011 20:52
That's what too much salt will do to you! Very interesting.
irena25-Feb-2011 20:12
Good and very interesting story. Thanks for this.
Dan the man11-Dec-2010 01:53
Very special! Thank you for sharing! V
PAPA JUZI31-Oct-2010 23:14
INCREDIBLE !! thanks for sharing...
Monique Trempe23-Oct-2010 22:35
Great documentary, very interesting!
Barbarian Photography29-Jul-2010 03:13
Michel CORBOZ24-Apr-2010 10:43
Thanks for sharing !!
Tony Hobbs31-Mar-2010 07:26
I thought of my dad when I saw it, amazing image, amazing find - thanks for the story as well.
Robert Houde01-Mar-2010 02:37
Thanks Ali for the very interesting story and the beautiful photo.
Photomary15-Nov-2009 02:54
Ali, I'd heard of the Salt Man, and your image helps me imagine what it must have been like to be trapped, with no way out, perhaps with broken bones. And, I agree with vatorman, the child in the background makes this a standout! Thank you.
Douglas Law21-Oct-2009 21:02
What a handsome he gets all the girls.
Lieve Snellings01-Sep-2009 15:20
wow, amazing story, great documentary work, v
Stephanie30-Jul-2009 10:10
Excellent! BIG V!!! Have you heard of the Soap Lady at the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia? Check her out: (I like the salt man better)
settler26-Jul-2009 11:16
Thanks for this..hugely interesting..V!
poetry66618-May-2009 21:26
Its so amazing how these stay preserved for hundreds of years...V
Rob Oele25-Dec-2008 15:32
Ghislaine et Réal Boulet30-Nov-2008 04:13
Very impressive image
Flo Hendry24-Sep-2008 16:04
Nice detailed shot and description is great...thanks for taking the time to write that. V
Ashkan 15-Jun-2008 04:31
which saltman is this one? Is he blonde?
Lisa11-Jun-2008 04:29
Ali, this is so intriguing! Thank you for sharing this photo as well as the details surrounding it.
1moremile10-Jun-2008 11:39
Wow. Great details and photo. V. I never heard of this.
Kaden Kratzer05-May-2008 05:49
Wow, impressive. V
Dan Greenberg20-Jan-2008 18:36
Ali - thanks again for the elaborate and well written descriptions of the history behind the photos
Anna & Christian RECK10-Nov-2007 08:47
Wow, perhaps he could be my grand, grand, grand.......father!!!!! Anna
vatorman22-Sep-2007 00:06
The child in the background takes it from a documentary photo to a piece of art. Well captured.
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