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BELOW THE SALT: A PRELIMINARY STUDY OF THE DATING AND BIOLOGY OF FIVE SALT-PRESERVED BODIES FROM ZANJAN PROVINCE, IRAN

A.M. Pollard, D.R. Brothwell, A. Aali, S. Buckley, H. Fazeli, M. Hadian Dehkordi, T. Holden, A.K.G. Jones, J.J. Shokouhi, R. Vatandoust and A.S. Wilson
Iran
Vol. 46 (2008), pp. 135-150
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25651439
Page Count: 16
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BELOW THE SALT: A PRELIMINARY STUDY OF THE DATING AND BIOLOGY OF FIVE SALT-PRESERVED BODIES FROM ZANJAN PROVINCE, IRAN
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Abstract

We describe the finding of five male bodies from the salt mine of Chehr Abad, Zanjan province, Iran. Radiocarbon determinations suggests that two of the bodies date to the late Sassanian period, while the other three died sometime between 410 B.C. and 350 B.C. We speculate that these deaths may have been the result of an earthquake between 405–380 B.C. We have also obtained new isotopic data on skin and hair, and conclude that they may not have come from the Zanjan area. A preliminary study of stomach contents and parasite load for one of the bodies has also been carried out.

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