Preservation Techniques for Iran’s “Salt Men” to Be Upgraded

Published on May 12th, 2009 | by Admin


Iran plans to upgrade preservation efforts for it’s ancient, perfectly-preserved salt men.

“A contract has been signed with a private company to make four cases, which will be equipped with an anti-moisture system,” director of the archaeological exactions at the Chehrabad Salt Mine Abolfazl Aali said.

“The cases, which are being made of glass and metal, will be very rigid. They will also be equipped with devices to control the vacuity of the space,” he explained.

The salt men are currently kept in plexiglass cases, which are not hermetically sealed. Changes in air temperature and pressure have created cracks in the cases, allowing bacteria and insects to enter and damage the mummies.

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2 Responses to Preservation Techniques for Iran’s “Salt Men” to Be Upgraded

  1. Joisan says:

    Thanks Sevaan
    hope the cases can be finished quickly as it sounds like the mummies are deteriorating

  2. I’m especially fascinated that their clothing has been so well preserved. Check out one of the salt man’s boots in the photograph attached to this article.

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