salt mummy

As part of an international research project run by the Ruhruniversität Bochum, our textile archaeologist Karina Grömer travelled to Zanjan to investigate six sets of mummified remains dating to AD 400-600. During her work she focused on the design and composition of the textiles found in the salt mines where the bodies were discovered. One set of remains comes from a young man aged just 16 who was buried in the salt mine at Chehrabad, Iran. The clothing of this young man, whose desperate fight for survival are today still reflected in his face and body position, has been preserved in the salt. These articles are two of the earliest textiles woven into form ever found. The clothed remains of this young man are on display in the Archaeological Museum Zanjan in Iran.