Penn Museum Scientists Rediscover 6,500-Year-Old Human Skeleton Stored In Coffin

August 6, 2014 12:13 PM

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Penn Museum Scientists Rediscover 6,500-Year-Old Human Skeleton Stored In Coffin

Scientists at the Penn Museum in Philadelphia, affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania, said on Tuesday that have rediscovered a rare 6,500-year-old human skeleton in one of the museum's storage rooms. The skeleton, which dates back to about 4500 BC, had been stored in a coffin-like box for 85 years.

According to scientists, they had lost track of all identifying documentations for the skeleton, but the paperwork came to light this summer as part of a project to digitize old records from an excavation jointly conducted with the British Museum.

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