Here's another version of the piece, from Philadelphia Magazine
The Penn Museum recently announced it has re-discovered a skeleton in its own archives. The skeleton, which had been in a “coffin-like” box in the basement of the museum for 85 years, is thought to be about 6,500 years old.
The museum knew it had a “mystery” skeleton in the basement for years now, but it had lost the identifying information on it. It simply sat there, unidentified and untouched. It wasn’t until the museum began a project to digitize records from archaeological expeditions to Ur (what is now southern Iraq) in the ’20s and ’30s that it was able to identify the skeleton.after an expedition was marked as missing in 1990. But William Hafford, who led the digitization effort, and Janet Monge (recently named Best of Philly), the curator of the physical anthropology section of the museum, were able to connect this record of a skeleton.
A visual inspection made by Penn Museum archeologists revealed the skeleton was that of a man, who lived to about 50 and was "well-muscled." The museum has about 2,000 complete human skeletons in its collection.
's a link to the rest of the Associated Press piece William quoted from above.
The Penn Museum
is truly excellent, by the way. I heartily recommend it if any of you are ever in Philadelphia. Some very nice Buddhist pieces, and better African galleries than many museums. The rotating, photography-oriented displays on archaeological history are also a nice feature. And if you make it there, consider a stroll down to Capogiro
for some of the best gelato I've ever had. Nut and herb flavors are always a good call.