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The Salt Man Project

Episode 6 | Episode 6

One of the major challenges of the “Salt Men” project, however, remains the preservation of these valuable archaeological finds. Some of the pieces of leather and wood, which are around 2,400 years old, are therefore being processed and preserved in Germany – namely at the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum in Mainz. During the course of this work, a preservation system is also to be established at the Salt Mummy Museum in Zanjan so that the numerous organic remains can be better protected in future. After all, one thing is clear to both the Iranian and the German scientists: The salt mummies provide crucial findings about people’s lives.


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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


Natascha Bagherpour

Resa Asarschab

Resa Asarschab

Series created by
Gisela Graichen and Peter Prestel

All episodes
The Zanjan Salt Mine
Episode 1
Findings from the Salt - Unusual Organics
Episode 2
From Excavation to Museum
Episode 3
Where it all began
Episode 4
Episode 5
Episode 6
Episode 6

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