The photos are the result of reconstructive work conducted by forensic artist Victoria Lywood. Using high-resolution CT scans combined with 3-D printing facial reconstruction drawings, Lywood has virtually brought several mummies back to life.
Lywood teamed up with physical anthropologists from Western University to recreate the mummies. They combined the 3-D printing technology and the medical CT scans to create 3-D models of each mummy's skull and jaw line. Ultrasonic imaging data of Egyptian tissues were then used to create the face. The skin tone is a reflection of a mixture of Mediterranean, North African and Sub-Saharan tones. Lywood used anthropological reports and outlines of the hair on the mummies wrappings to create the hairstyles.
According to a Life Science
report, researchers are still trying to unlock mysteries surround the mummies. For instance, one of the female mummies shows signs of three puncture wounds in her abdominal wall. Scientists are currently unsure if the wounds are what lead to the woman's death, if they were old wounds or if they were postmortem wounds.
The models and photos are sure to excite anyone who is a fan of ancient Egyptians, or mummies in general. Western University anthropologist, Andrew Wade, told Discovery
"People are amazed by mummies, but never more so, I've found, when they can see the face."
The photos were released in advance of Friday's unveiling of McGill University's Redpath Museum's
Facial Reconstructions of Three Ancient Egyptian Mummies exhibit.