3 000-year-old fingerprint found on Egyptian casket

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The Cambridge’s Fitzwiliam Museum let examine a 3,000-year-old fingerprint. The fingerprint was discovered in 2005, but it hasn’t been publicised yet. It was confirmed by Julie Dawson, head of conservation at the Fitzwiliam Museum that exhibits the coffin.

The casket of Nespawershefyt is one of the most preserved and most beautiful casket of ancient Egypt. An analysis revealed that the coffin is made up of a multitude of pieces of wood, including sections from at least one older coffin.

„Wood was a precious commodity and the craftsmen were incredibly skilled at making these complex objects from sometimes unpromising starting materials,“ added Dawson in an interview for Independent.

A fingerprint more than 3,000 years old (Photo: Archive of The Fitzwilliam Museum)

A fingerprint more than 3,000 years old (Photo: Archive of The Fitzwilliam Museum)

Source: Novinky.cz

Message from the Nile

  • History of Czech institution of egyptology

    The Czech egyptology founder is Frantisek Lexa, the author of up to now evaluated work about ancient Egypt magic and Demotic grammar. Seminar for egyptology started thanks to him in Faculty of Philosophy and Arts of Charles University in Prague in 1925. Two years later Lexa became the first regular professor of egyptology in then Czechoslovakia.

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    Abusir is an archaeological locality in Egypt named after nearby recent village Abusir. It is situated on western Nile bank on the edge of Libyan tableland approximately 20 kilometers to the south-west of Cairo. The name of this locality is derived from ancient Egypt god Osiris, from Per Usir (Busiris), "(cult) place of Osiris" (Busiris in Greek).

  • Researches in Western desert

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