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Unearthing the past

July 19, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CDT
Danny Wescott points to the viewing window of the Fisk coffin, which allowed the family of the deceased to look in. This type of sealed, cast-iron coffin helped preserve and protect the body better than cheaper pine coffins. Another selling point of this coffin was its potential to deter grave robbers, although the well-preserved bodies were more appealing to sell for science, Wescott said.

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