A TEAM of forensic experts have brought an ancient Egyptian mummy ‘back to life’ through the power of science.
Using facial reconstruction techniques, CT scanning and 3D printing, a group of researchers have managed to give us a glimpse into the past.
The ancient Egyptian royalty, known as Meritamun who was the Great Royal Wife of the legendary Pharaoh Ramasses, lived anywhere between 2,000 and 3,500 years ago and was roughly 18-25 when she died.
Her mummified remains were discovered in The Valley of the Queens and her well preserved state has allowed scientists from the University of Melbourne to give an accurate and real-life depiction of Meritamun the 3D printed skull – which took a total of 140 hours to complete.
Forensic sculptor Jennifer Mann then applied the face to the skull by attaching plastic markers which indicated varying tissue depths to accurately create a modern Egyptian’s features.
Varsha Pilbrow, a biological anthropologist said: “The idea of the project is to take this relic and, in a sense, bring her back to life by using all the new technology.
“This way she can become much more than a fascinating object to be put on display.
Ms Mann added: “It is incredible that her skull is in such good condition after all this time, and the model that Gavan produced was beautiful in its details.