ICHTO to recreate faces of Iranian ‘Saltmen’

ICHTO to recreate faces of Iranian ‘Saltmen’

ICHTOWednesday, August 24, 2005 – ©2005 IranMania.com


LONDON, August 24 (IranMania) – Modern equipment such as CT Scan and MRI will be used to recreate the faces of?saltmen?,a name given to well-preserved ancient bodies found in salt mines in Zanjan province, according to CHN.

Iran?s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) department in Zanjan province has sought the cooperation of a Danish university to recreate the face of Saltman Number Four.

The body of the saltman is being kept at Reyhan Museum in Zanjan.

Professor Niels Lynnerup, a forensic anthropologist and an expert in mummified bodies from Copenhagen University, will visit Iran in September to take 3D scan of the skull of Saltman #4 and his face will be recreated using advanced equipment.

Meanwhile, a radiologist, Jalal Shokouhi said that necessary equipment is available to accurately examine mummified bodies adding that the use of X-ray and radiography is a universal way of identifying them and Iran has experience in this field.

He said that Baqiatallah Hospital has examined the saltmen through 2D and 3D scan to recreate the entire body of the saltmen.

Shokouhi said, Currently, we have the equipment in Iran to recreate the face of the mummified bodies and it is possible to do this by using scan and computer software?

There is a record of examining antique materials, marble stones, sculpture and saltmen in Iran by using radiography, he pointed out.

He said that a kind of polymer can be used to recreate the face of the saltmen as a sculpture and all equipment is available in Iran to do so.