Iron Coffin Is Unexpected Time Capsule

An iron casket that remained sealed for over 100 years has been opened by researchers at the Smithsonian Institution.

The well-preserved body offers clues to life in an era that has long passed. Scientists will try to read those clues before returning the body to the ground with a proper burial.

Examining the body. Credit: Ken Rahaim.

Scientists at the Smithsonian Institution examine the remains of a 19th century individual. Ken Rahaim/Smithsonian Institution hide caption

itoggle caption Ken Rahaim/Smithsonian Institution

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