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TEAM of forensic experts brought an ancient Egyptian mummy “to life”


A team of forensic experts made an amazing achievement. They managed to reconstruct an ancient Egyptian mummy  through forensics.

Using facial reconstruction techniques, CT scanning and 3D printing, a group of researchers have managed to give us a glimpse into the past.

The ancient Egyptian royalty, known as Meritamun who was the Great Royal Wife of the legendary Pharaoh Ramasses, lived anywhere between 2,000 and 3,500 years ago and was roughly 18-25 when she died.

Her mummified remains were discovered in The Valley of the Queens and her well preserved state has allowed scientists from the University of Melbourne to give an accurate and real-life depiction of Meritamun.

Janet Davey, a forensic Egyptologist, was responsible for finding the gender and age of Meritamun, and Gavan Mitchell, an imaging technician at the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience, then designed the 3D printed skull – which took a total of 140 hours to complete.

Forensic sculptor Jennifer Mann then applied the face to the skull by attaching plastic markers which indicated varying tissue depths to accurately create a modern Egyptian’s features.

Varsha Pilbrow, a biological anthropologist at the University of Melbourne Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience said: “The idea of the project is to take this relic and, in a sense, bring her back to life by using all the new technology.

“This way she can become much more than a fascinating object to be put on display.

“Through her, students will be able to learn how to diagnose pathology marked on our anatomy, and learn how whole population groups can be affected by the environments in which they live.”

Ms Mann added: “It is incredible that her skull is in such good condition after all this time, and the model that Gavan produced was beautiful in its details.

“It is really poignant work and extremely important for finally identifying these people who would otherwise have remained unknown.”


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