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Hair extension found on ancient Egyptian woman

2014-09-24 02:54:47

The body of an Egyptian woman, who died more than 3,000 years ago, was discovered recently. On her head were about 70 or so hair extensions. Egyptologist were surprised that the style was intact and fascinated by the "very complex coiffure." MSNBC's theGrio reports:

Jolanda Bos from the Armana Project, in an article from the Journal of Egyptian Archaeology, refers to them as, "very complex coiffure with approximately 70 extensions fastened in different layers and heights on the head."

Researchers don't know very much about her. They have no idea about the woman's name, age or occupation. However, she is one of the many hundreds of people whose hairstyles are still untouched. They were all buried in the same cemetery situated near the ancient city that is now named Amarna.

Amarna was built by Akhenaten (reign ca. 1353-1335 B.C.) to be the new capital for Egypt. Akhenaten was a pharaoh who started a religious revolution for Aten, a sun disk-shaped deity. This religious movement almost assumed supremacy in the Egyptians'spiritual life, but soon after Akhenaten's death, the city of Amarna was abandoned. Now archaeologists, backed by the Amarna Trust, are studying the ancient remains of the city.

"Whether or not the woman had her hair styled like this for her burial only is one of our main research questions," Bos, the researcher, told LiveScience. "The hair was most likely styled after death, before a person was buried. It is also likely, however, that these hairstyles were used in everyday life as well and that the people in Amarna used hair extensions in their daily life."


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