We do not know when man fisrt began to use salt. But we do know that it has been used in many different ways through old history. Historical evidence shows, for example, that people who lived over 3000 years ago ate salted fish. Thousands of years ago in Egypt, salt was used to preserve the dead. Stealing salt was considered a major crime during some periods of history. In 18th century for instance, if a person was account stealing salt, he can be put in jail. History records that about 10,000 people were put in jail during that century for stealing salt. About 150 years before, in the year 1553, taking more salt than one was allowed to was punishable as a crime, the offender‘’s ear was cut off. Salt was an important item on the table of royalty. It was traditionally placed in front of the king when he sat down to eat. Important guests at the king's table will be seated near the salt. Less important guest will be given seats farther away from it.