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The Salt Man Project

The Zanjan Salt Mine | Episode 1

Salt, which has long been both a food and a means of preservation, was a vital raw material in ancient societies. The Zanjan salt mine not only provides an insight into how the white mineral was handled, but is also the site of the six salt mummies, the so-called salt men, who died in mining accidents between 400 BCE and the 5th/6th century CE. The six salt men are the only mummies of their kind to have survived until today. Now, an Iranian-German cooperation project intends to examine more closely both the mummies and the numerous organic remains and archaeological finds of the mine.

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The project
The aim of the project is the long-term preservation and presentation of the salt mummies, their tools and equipment, and the other largely organic finds from the excavation. In addition, an up-to-date conservation and monitoring concept of the unique archaeological legacy is to be developed and a selection of the finds restored and presented to an Iranian and German public. Partners of the project are the German Mining Museum in Bochum, Ruhr University Bochum, Romano-Germanic Central Museum in Mainz, Archaeological Museum Frankfurt, Natural History Museum Vienna, Iran Cultural Heritage Organisation Zanjān, Zolfaghari Museum Zanjān and National Museum of Iran in Tehran. 

Project management
Abolfazl Aali
Prof. Dr. Thomas Stöllner

Producer

Natascha Bagherpour

Camera
Resa Asarschab

Editing
Resa Asarschab

Series created by
Gisela Graichen and Peter Prestel

All episodes
The Zanjan Salt Mine
Episode 1
11/29/2017
Findings from the Salt - Unusual Organics
Episode 2
12/06/2017
From Excavation to Museum
Episode 3
12/13/2017
Where it all began
Episode 4
01/30/2019
Experts
Episode 5
02/06/2019
Episode 6
Episode 6
02/13/2019

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