A study of more than a dozen mummies has found that ancient Egyptians used gels and other products to style elaborate hairdos, both in life and in death. The research, led by Natalie McCreesh at the University of Manchester in England, examined hair samples from 18 male and female mummies, many from the Dakhleh Oasis cemetery in Egypt’s Western Desert. Nine of the mummies had hair coated with a fatty substance, most likely a styling product, that contained palmitic and stearic acids. McCreesh also found evidence that some ancient Egyptians practiced hair curling, while others used hair extensions.
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Explore an Egyptian excavation. Meet Kufti archaeologists, explore ancient streets and the mudbricks that shaped them and dive into the port of Alexandria.
Biblical Archaeology Society Staff
The exhibit Face to Face: The Oldest Masks in the World at the Israel Museum features a dozen masks that date to the pre-pottery Neolithic B period (8300 – 5500 B.C.E.) and come from the Judean Hills and Wilderness.
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Nitza Rosovsky reviews "Tourists, Travellers, and Hotels in Nineteenth-Century Jerusalem" edited by Shimon Gibson, Yoni Shapira and Rupert L. Chapman III.