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After archeological studies which included C14 dating of different samples of bones and textiles, the Salt Man was dated to about 1,700 years ago. By testing a sample of hair, the blood group B+ was determined.

Three-dimensional pictures (scans) show fractures around the eye and other damage that occurred before death as result of a hard blow. Visual characteristics included long hair and a beard, and a golden earring on the left ear indicated that he was a person of rank or influence. The reason for his presence and death in the salt mine of Chehrabad remains a mystery.

Three bodies are dated to the Parthian (247 BCE–224 CE) and Sassanid (224–651 CE) eras, and the remainder to the Achaemenid Dynasty (550–330 BCE).[1]

In a 2012 research,[2] it turned out that the 2200 year old mummy of Chehrabad had Tapeworm eggs from the genus Taenia sp in his intestine. This brings new information on ancient diet, indicating the consumption of raw or undercooked meat and it also constitutes the earliest evidence of ancient intestinal parasites in Iran and contributes to the knowledge of gastro-intestinal pathogens in the Near East.[2]

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  1. ^ "Salt men of Iran". Past Horizons. June 7, 2011. Retrieved June 8, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Nezamabadi, M; Mashkour, M; Aali, A; Stöllner, T; Le Bailly, M (Dec 15, 2012). "IDENTIFICATION OF TAENIA SP. IN A NATURAL HUMAN MUMMY (3RD CENTURY BC) FROM THE CHEHRABAD SALT MINE IN IRAN.". The Journal of parasitology 99 (3): 570–2. doi:10.1645/12-113.1. PMID 23240712. 
  • Description of the exhibits, National Museum of Iran, Tehran.
  • Aali, Abolfazl; Stöllner, Thomas; Abar, Aydin; Rühli, Frank (2012). "The Salt Men of Iran: The Salt Mine of Douzlākh, Chehrābād". Archäologisches Korrespondenzblatt (Mainz: Verlag des Römisch-Germanischen Zentralmuseums) 42 (1): 61–81. ISSN 0342-734X. 
  • SALTMAN: Scientific Investigations carried out on Saltman Mummified Remains and its Artifacts (1st ed.). Tehran: Research Center for Conservation od Caltural Relics (RCCCR). 1998. ISBN 964-91875-1-0. 
  • Ramaroli1,V, J. Hamilton, P. Ditchfield, H. Fazeii, A. Aali, R.A.E. Coningham, A.M. Pollard 2010 The Chehr Abad "Salt men" and the isotopic ecology of humans in ancient Iran, American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Volume 143, Issue 3, pages 343–354
  • Hadian ;Good ; Pollard (2013). "Textiles from Douzlakh Salt Mine at Chehr Abad, Iran: A Technical and Contextual Study of Late pre-Islamic Iranian Textiles". The International Journal of Humanities of the Islamic Republic of Iran (Tarbiat Modarres University) 19 (3): 152–173. ISSN 1735-5060. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 

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