The mystery of mummies of

While exploiting an ancient salt mine, Iranian miners accidentally discovered many thousands of year-old mummies preserved intact.

Chehrabad is a huge underground salt mine located in the western city of Zanjan, northern Iran.

The mine has been discovered and exploited thousands of years ago by humans to provide residents of both a vast, unbounded area, and its reserves have not declined until today.

These mummies named 'salt people' are almost entirely intact as they are preserved in the dry and salty environment of the mine.

Picture 1 of The mystery of mummies of
The first mummy with long hair and white hair that some researchers believe resembles the prototype of the "god of Satyrs".

Picture 2 of The mystery of mummies of
The "salt people" are still being publicly displayed at the Iranian archaeological museum

The bodies of the mummy's body such as hair, skin and bones were all intact. Even the easily decomposing internal organs such as the stomach and colon in some mummies can still be easily distinguished.

The first mummy was discovered in 1993, dating from around 200 AD. It was an old man with a long white beard, and beside the body, there was also an iron knife and a pair of golden cotton.

In 2004, another mummy was found to be about 15 meters away from the first mummy. Next was a mummy in 2005 and a year later a mummy of a teenager in 2006. There were 6 mummies in turn discovered in the salt cellar here.

The method of dating with carbon radioisotope dating has shown that the oldest mummy found at the mine site lived around 950 BC.

Picture 3 of The mystery of mummies of
Items such as clothes, jewelry, weapons . are also perfectly preserved

Picture 4 of The mystery of mummies of
Mummy of teenagers 'salt' was discovered in 2006

Scientists think these ancient men (?) May have been killed or had an accident while in the mines. Then their bodies were buried by thousands of tons of salt and accidentally became natural mummies.

Some folk culture researchers associate this rather bizarre appearance of these "salt people" with ancient mythological figures. It is thought that these mummies may be the origin of the 'Satyrs' god described in Greek and Roman mythology.

Picture 5 of The mystery of mummies of
The last mummy is still in its original state due to a part of the body stuck in the salt layer

The first 4 mummies were excavated and transferred to Zanjan Archaeological Museum. The fifth mummy is stored by the Iranian National Museum. These mummies are still on display for the public to admire freedom.

However, the last 'saltman' is still in its original state, half of his body is stuck in hard crystalline salt.

In 2008, the Iranian Ministry of Industry and Mining canceled the mining license at the Chehrabad salt mine and declared the area an archaeological research center. Currently, excavation activities are still underway in the hope of finding other 'salters'.