3,000-year-old fingerprints found on ancient Egyptian coffin lid

Ancient fingerprints were found on the inner coffin of Nespawershefyt, British researchers say.

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  • This finding "brings us closer to the people who made the coffins," the museum said
  • The coffin is part of the "Death on the Nile" exhibit at Cambridge Fitzwilliam Museum

(CNN)Researchers at Cambridge Fitzwilliam Museum in the UK have found 3,000-year old fingerprints on the lid of an Egyptian coffin.

"The fingerprints were left by craftsmen who made a mistake and touched it before the varnish dried," Helen Strudwick, an Egyptologist at the museum, told CNN. "The discovery was made in 2005, but has not been publicized so far."
    This finding "bring us closer to the people who made the coffins," the museum said in a statement.
    The fingerprints were on an inner coffin lid believed to have belonged to a priest called Nespawershefyt, also known as Nes-Amun, who was the chief of scribes of the temple of Amun-Re at Thebes, the museum said.
    Researchers found the prints on an inner coffin lid of a priest called Nespawershefyt, also known as Nes-Amun.
    The coffins, which date back to 1,000 B.C., underwent extensive examinations, including X-rays at the museum and CT scanning at a nearby hospital, which revealed information about how Egyptian coffins were made 3,000 years ago.
    The set of coffins, dating to about 1,000 BC, underwent extensive examinations.