The Salt Man [Clarke's Day Theme]

Posted by Behrooz Sangani (Tehran, Iran) on 31 March 2008 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

I was wondering for days and days about my contribution for today and I finally decided that this would be a fine choice for the day:
The Salt Man
This is the 4th Salt Man (from five) that was discovered in Iran, in the Chehrabad salt mines located on the southern part of the Hamzehlu village, on the west side of the city of Zanjan, in the Zanjan Province.
The body has been estimated to be 2300 years old. The clothes and even the fingernails and skin have remained perfectly good during these years. He has many stories about one of the oldest civilizations on Earth.
This is not a fancy mummy, kept beautifully for the future. This is a simple miner and you can still imagine the fear in his eyes before he was buried deep in salt and packed by nature for us to find.
We imagine that life is just what we are living, but it's not. There's definitely a future as there was a past. The Salt Men came all these years to prove this to us. And I would give anything, anything to see what would become of us in 2300 years: March 31, 4308

This image is dedicated to the memory of Sir Arthur C. Clarke and is published for the unofficial theme "Clarke's Day".
Pictures of the Salt Man #4 are very rare. We all know the security standards of museums. This one has been taken in a fairly difficult situation. But I'd like to announce it as public domain and I will publish it on wikipedia too.
Just give credit if you decide to use it.

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A note afterwards:
I collected the wonderful works of the following AM3 friends for the theme Clarke's Day
Alfredo J. Martiz J., MaryB, Amy, Shuva Brata Deb, Jason Kravitz, Betty, Craig, MJ, SPunkt, Viewfinder, Illuci
I'm going to look and collect all the shots here. Please leave a message if you are not included. Thank you

Images are copyright (c) Behrooz Sangani. All rights reserved. Any usage or reproduction without permission is strictly prohibited.

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Canon EOS 400D
1/50 second
F/4.5
ISO 1600
18 mm

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