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Jamestown mystery: What's inside this 400-year-old box?

How do you study the contents of a 400-year-old box if you can't open it?

A silver box was found inside the grave of an early American colonist at Jamestown, but it was sealed shut.

Archaeologists used CT scans to map what was inside and used 3-D printing to physically study the objects - all without opening the box.

Filmed by Markus Zeffler and Maxine Collins. Edited by Maxine Collins. Produced by Jane O'Brien

Additional images courtesy of Jamestown Rediscovery and Smithsonian 3D digitisation programme

  • 28 Jul 2015
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