3D Visualization of the 2400-Year-Old Garments of Salt Man 4 from Chehrābād, Iran

Moskvin, A. and Grömer, K. and Moskvina, M. and Kuzmichev, V. and Stöllner, T. and Aali, A.

Volume: Pages: 319-338
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-92170-5_18
Published: 2022

This article presents a digital reconstruction of Salt man 4 (405–380 BCE), a salt miner’s mummy found in the Douzlākh salt mine (Chehrābād, northern Iran). The mummy and its costume are relatively well preserved because the salt mine offers good preservation conditions for organic finds. Salt man 4 is unique in that his garments are a complete set of worker’s gear. This offers an exceptional opportunity to study garments worn during heavy physical work in ancient times. An international research team has been conducting an in-depth study of the mummy since 2004. The results include measurements, photographs, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans and descriptions, which taken together provide a good basis for a digital reconstruction. This article describes technical features of the reconstruction process and challenges that were solved to reproduce the garments. The reconstruction opens new ways of studying the costume in virtual reality using computer graphics and computer-aided design tools to obtain further insights into ancient mining clothes within the broader area of digital humanities. © 2022, The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG.

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