Salt Cured Mummy Found in Iranian Mine

Scientists in Iran have uncovered the remains of a Roman-era man preserved in a salt mine. The man, believed to be a mine worker buried by an earthquake, is the sixth “natural mummy” found at the site, with estimates for the mummies’ age ranging from 539 BCE to AD 640, according to National Geographic.

The five previously unearthed mummies have proven immensely valuable to archaeologists “due to their advanced state of preservation,” with intact beards, hair, and garments — and, in some cases, food in their stomach.

But preservation of the mummies after excavation has proved difficult for Iranian scientists due to the country’s lack of equipment. Mohammad-Hassan Fazeli Nashli, director of the Iranian Centre of Archaeological Research, wants the new mummy left in the ground. He told Iran’s Cultural Heritage News Agency that “Iran is still a novice in protection of artifacts. Thus… it is better if we let the artifact remain in the earth, which is the best trustee.”

Ancient Salt Cured Man Found in Iranian Mine (National Geographic)

See also: The Persian Princess, an alleged Persian mummy found in Pakistan. It turned out to be a forgery and possibly a murder victim.

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