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Beautiful Meritamun

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My interest for Ancient Egypt is on record – I talked about a book on Egyptian archeology just a few days ago, I used to hang out at the Museo Egizio in Turin as a kid, and I’ve been writing a series of stories featuring an Egyptian sorceress.
I love this stuff1.
And I liked very much a recent article posted on the website of the University of Melbourne, about a complex, wonderful work of reconstruction carried out on the head of a mummy in the university collection: a young woman of 18/25 years called Meritamun.
It is a type of study called forensic archaeology, and it’s quite interesting: the researchers’ and the artists’ work is extraordinary, and Meritamun is absolutely beautiful2.

meritamun

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If you’d like to read more, here is a link to the original article, which features a wealth of information, and also some fascinating videos.


  1. and it turns out it’s a family thing: not only my brother followed a few courses of Egyptology when he was in university, but my mother, my uncle and his late wife shared this passion. It runs in the family. 
  2. and yes, I am thinking about my Amunet. 
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Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

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