Biographical Information
Name(s) Unknown
Age Unknown
Sex Male
Status Unknown
Height Unknown
Culture Unknown
Date(s) 1993
Site Zanjan, Iran
Current Location
Location National Museum of Iran
Catalog # Unknown

Since 1993, remains of at least six men have been found in the Chehrabad salt mines in Zanjan, Iran. The corpses, likely people who were killed by mine collapses, are between 1,700 and 2,200 years old, dating to the Parthian and Sassanid Empires. The bodies were likely naturally desiccated by the salt. While Salt Man 1 is on display at the National Museum, four additional mummies can be seen at the Zanjan Archaeology Museum, and the sixth and most recently discovered mummy was left in place in the mine.


In the winter of 1993, miners came across a body with long hair, a beard and some artifacts. These included the remains of a body, a lower leg inside a leather boot, three iron knives, a woollen half trouser, a silver needle, a sling, parts of a leather rope, a grindstone, a walnut, some pottery shards, some patterned textile fragments, and a few broken bones. The body had been buried in the middle of a tunnel approximately 45 metres in length.


Salt Man 1 on display at Iran Bastan Museum. One of the Saltmen found in 1994 in Douzlākh salt mines near Chehrābād, located on the southern part of the Hamzehlu village, on the west side of the city of Zanjan, Zanjan Province in Iran