Thursday, January 29, 2009

Who's your mummy?

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The face of an Egyptian mummy at Otago Museum has been revealed for the first time in over 2,000 years.

The 35-year-old female aristocrat has been part of the museum's collection for more than a century.

The facial reconstruction of the mummy is the result of over a year's work by a team from Otago University and they are confident that their modern day model is extremely accurate.

"I would say if somebody from that era comes and sees this reconstruction, I would say they would recognise her," says Dr George Dias from Otago University's Adanatomy Department,

The team developed an advanced method of facial reconstruction, which more accurately recreates the soft tissues like nose and skin surrounding the skull.

Previous methods have more guesswork and left the process open to artistic interpretation.

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