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Published on 16 Apr 2009 | over 9 years ago

A browse through the mummies in the worlds museums, and Cairo museum's mummy catalog. Includes one Nubian prince (Maiherpri), and one possibly Asiatic mummy, Tiye's father Yuya.

Ramses and many others have hennaed red hair, a common trick to cover ageing grey hair or to enhance brown hair. Mainly the hair is naturally dark brown to black Caucasian hair with the occasional naturally fair and auburn sample (Ramses was auburn in his youth as was his father) and was well preserved by the stable climate condtions in the tombs. Specimens buried in sand may have had their hair lightened (Ginger). Many of the mummies are wearing hair weaves, and the bald headed mummies would probably have worn ornate wigs when alive.

Human skin only ever darkens after death (skin turns black from decomposition), so a guide to the in-life skin tone is to pick the lightest and therefore least decayed patch on the mummy.
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