The Special Exhibition
"Death By Salt. An archaeological investigation in Persia"is a special exhibition of the Deutsche Bergbau-Museum Bochum, Leibniz Research Museum for Georesources.
A dead young man, an ancient Persian salt mine and an archaeological excavation -
A dead young man, an ancient Persian salt mine and an archaeological excavation - these are the topics of the special exhibition "Death By Salt. An archaeological investigation in Persia". The exhibition on the ground floor of our special exhibition building DBM+ focuses on the archaeological research work around the salt mine of Chehrābād in present-day Iran. In 1993, Iranian workers found the mummified head of a man there. He is the first of a total of 8 "Salt Men" discovered so far. The oldest is about 2,400 years old. A young man - "Salt Man 4" - also died in a mining accident 2,400 years ago. He was mummified along with his equipment by the salt.
These finds are unique.The "Salt Men" are the only examples of people mummified in salt and preserved to this day. A team of international archaeologists has spent years investigating the lives, work and deaths of miners in ancient Persia.
We show the results in our special exhibition. There you can take a closer look at Salt Man 4 and the Douzlākh salt mountain, where the salt men were found - digital applications such as augmented reality make this possible.
And in the exhibition, "Salt Man 4" is given a name: "Farshid". What did his last day look like? In a graphic novel, we reconstruct the possible last days of young Farshid.
In the digital tour you can visit three exhibition parts:
- The special exhibition "Death by Salt" is located on level 1 of the digital tour.
- On level 2 we present other exciting research projects from Iran: The projects of the Priority Programme (SPP) of the German Research Foundation (DFG) "The Iranian Highlands: Resilience and Integration of Pre-modern Societies." The core focus of all projects is resilience: How did societies or cultures of the Iranian Highlands establish resilient and crisis coping ways of life?
- And you can visit a joint exhibition of the German Mining Museum Bochum, the Saltmen and Archaeological Museum Zanjan and the National Museum Tehran: "Human Search for Ressources". The exhibition shows the history of human experiences and achievements in mining.
On this homepage you can find out everything about the exhibition - the explosive background, so to speak: The excavation director Prof. Dr. Thomas Stöllner takes you underground,Dr. Natascha Bagherpour Kashani talks about working in and with Iran and Sasan Saidi tells how he came to study art overnight.
Here you find the film of the opening.
Thomas Stöllner and Susan Zare guide you through the exhibition and the evening. Into their conversation, they weave in greetings and statements from our supporters and sponsors, show impressions from a long-standing research project and take a look behind the scenes of the exhibition together with you.
|Tu. to Su.||09:30 until 17:30 o'clock|
|each first Thursday||09:30 until 20:30 o'clock|
|closed||mondays as well as on 01.01. | 01.05. | 24. to 26. and 31.12.|
We reserve the right to change opening hours at short notice.
Please note that animals are not allowed in our house.
Death By Salt - The Mystery Tour at the German Mining Museum
More info and booking at www.raetselraum.de/tod-im-salz/
The tour is available in German only.
Here you will find all the events surrounding the special exhibition: lectures, theme days, late shifts and much more.
Offers for children
On Tour with Amyra and Archibald Loge
How do archaeologists actually work? What secrets do we have to unlock in a salt mine in Iran? And what is it about the "death by salt"? Join Amyra and Dr Archibald Loge on a search for clues!
You can find them in our virtual tour of the exhibition "Death by Salt. An archaeological investigation in Persia". Just keep an eye out for Amyra!
Questions and Answers
Visitors with mobility impairments and visitors with prams are asked to call the visitor service in the current situation. We will open the door for you and unlock the lift.
+ 49 234 5877-126
The museum can be reached independently by people with mobility impairments. Separately designated parking spaces are available in the immediate vicinity. The winding tower and some parts of the exhibition mine are also accessible for people in wheelchairs. Please contact our visitor service before your visit.
For guests with disabilities and for appropriate groups, our museum offers individually adapted guided tours by appointment.
We will be happy to advise you before your visit.
+ 49 234 5877-126 (Tues. to Fri. between 09:00 and 15:00)
Research On End of Shift - The Lecture Series (only available in German)
Salty Archaeology -
Equipped for salt mining from head to toe -
Karina Grömer and Gabriela Ruß-Popa
What a shit -
Looking under the Skin of the Salt Men -
Frank Rühli and Lena Öhrström
Geology and Geophysics -
Erich Draganits and Rainer Herd
Beyond Science -
Natascha Bagherpour Kashani
Behind The Scenes
"unterUns" at "Death By Salt" - A conversation with Thomas Stöllner
Podcast: Dominic Bachmann from the science blog "Unterirdis.ch" met up virtually with Prof. Dr Thomas Stöllner to talk about the exhibition.
The podcast is only available in German.
The DFG Priority Programme 2176: The Iranian Highlands
The Douzlākh salt mine is located in the north-eastern part of the western Iranian highlands. This region has a long and turbulent history from the Stone Age to the modern era, but one that still leaves us with many mysteries to solve.
About Salt and Iran
A conversation about excavations in Iran and the Salt Men.
Keeping the balance between atmosphere and detail
An interview with Sasan Saidi about his work on the graphic novel.
Farshids last day - Graphic Novel
Join Farshid - aka Salt Man 4 - on his last day.
From underground into the spotlight
The salt man as holder of information and storyteller - a discussion.
You have to go on and find out where the tunnel leads to...
Prof. Dr. Thomas Stöllner gives us exclusive insights into his work as a mining archaeologist.
Unlock the secrets of the Salt Mummy and become a MuseumStar!
Where does the salt come from?
A brief history of salt.