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3,000 year-old fingerprints found on Egyptian casket
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First posted: Monday, February 22, 2016 05:37 PM EST | Updated: Monday, February 22, 2016 06:26 PM EST
Researchers have discovered 3,000-year-old fingerprints on the lid of an Egyptian casket.
The prints are believed to be those of a craftsman who handled the ancient coffin before the varnish dried.
The discovery was made in 2005, but has only been made public ahead of a new exhibition at Cambridge's Fitzwilliam Museum, a major collector of ancient Egyptian items.
The casket was just one of a few commissioned by a priest named Nespawershefyt dating back to about 1,000 B.C.
Researchers put the casket under extensive examination, including X-rays, CT scans and different lighting techniques. The prints were found on an inside lid.
"The coffins ... are not only incredibly beautiful, they also contain valuable clues to the man who commissioned them and to precisely how Egyptian coffins in his time were made," the museum said in a statement about the exhibition.
Three-thousand-year-old fingerprints have been found on the lid of an Egyptian coffin by researchers, pictured in this undated handout photo. (Handout photo)

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