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Museum skeleton found in basement: Offers ancient treasure trove for researchers

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A skeleton found in a storage room of an archaeology museum in Philadelphia was neatly wrapped in a coffin, but it lacked any documentation about its origin. No one knew where the skeleton came from until now. When the museum started to digitize its possessions, they came across the documentation that matched the skeleton, which turned out to offer a treasure trove for researchers, according to News Max on August 6.

The skeleton was found during a dig in the 1930s and it is believed to be 6,500 years old. It was stored in the basement since that era and because the tests that were available in the ‘30s were minimal, not much was know about the remains. With the new technology today the researchers can have a field day discovering what life was like for this man thousands of years ago.

The skeleton is that of a muscular man and his age was estimated to be about 50-years-old when he died. The man stood at least five-feet, nine-inches tall. The archeologists at the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Museum collection report that this skeleton is from and expedition to an ancient city called Ur. This city is near today’s city of Nasiriyah in southern Iraq.

MSN News reports that this extraordinary find in the museum’s own storage room is an extremely rare skeleton. The remains are fully intact and not many skeletons in this condition from this time period exist.

The expedition in 1930 was an effort of joint teams, in which one of the teams were led by Sir Leonard Woolley. The Penn researchers now have the research tools to find out much more about this skeleton than they did back in 1930 when it was first discovered by Woolley and his team.

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania worked with a team from a British Museum back in 1930s excavating this site. The joint effort really paid off big for the future researchers of today!

Today researchers can find out what this man ate. They can find out what his daily diet consisted of back thousands of years ago. The skeleton’s ancestry is another area they will research using these remains. They have the technology today that can even reveal the man’s stresses, according to MSN.

The skeleton was excavated from a burial site that was full of silt, which is an indication of a flood. This has led the researchers to nickname their skeleton “Noah.”


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