Museum to display 6,500-year-old human skeleton
Archaeologists first excavated the specimen in 1930 but it lay in the museum’s basement without any documentation
Philadelphia: Visitors will soon get to see an ancient human skeleton recently rediscovered in a Philadelphia museum’s storage room. Visitors can look at the 6,500-year-old remains at the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Museum.
Archaeologists first excavated the specimen from southern Iraq around 1930. But it sat for decades in the museum’s basement without any documentation.
Museum officials confirmed its origins this summer while digitising their collection.
The skeleton will be displayed in the museum’s Artifact Lab. The space allows people to watch as conservators work to preserve artifacts and mummies.
Researchers believe the bones belong to a 50-year-old man from the Ubaid period, which lasted from 5500 to 4000 BC. Complete human skeletons from that era are rare.