This Is What Egyptian Mummies Looked Like When They Were Alive

by
Zohaib Ahmed
July 15, 2014: An inspiration for many horror films, Egyptian mummies weren’t as horrifying to look at as one would imagine.

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Archaeologists often get excited when a new mummy from thousands of years ago is excavated, but their enthusiasm is not always shared by ordinary people.

Sure, knowing that mummies still have most of their muscle and skin intact is nice, but what about the faces? In most cases, these mummies are embalmed and wrapped in bandages, so there is no way to actually see what these human beings of ancient times looked like.

After all, the thing that would pique our interest in these old babies the most is their face. While it wasn't possible before, viewing the faces of these mummies when they were alive is now very much within our powers, thanks to a forensic artist named Victoria Lywood.

With the help of a team of researchers, Lywood has created 3D models of three ancient Egyptian mummies, all of whom are on display at the Redpath Museum in Quebec, Canada.

Here they are:
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