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Our Otago Mummy: The clues that revealed her face and the life she lived

Free

Hutton Theatre

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Expert talk

Last year, Dr Louisa Baillie completed a facial approximation of our Egyptian mummy. With the use of new medical imaging software, she and other scientists were able to re-examine digital scans that were taken of the mummy in 2001. More clues about this woman’s age and health at the time of her death were revealed, as well as more detail about particular features of her facial bones and soft tissue.

These new details helped Louisa predict a face shape for the mummy with more accuracy than previously possible. The face was modelled using standard, internationally accepted protocol, and its final form was presented in skin-like silicone.

In this talk, Louisa will present anthropological and archaeological clues that give insight into the sort of life this woman was living before she died. She will also describe the process of facial approximation, and how she justified the decisions that were made to create the mummy’s face.

5.30pm, Thursday 21 June
Hutton Theatre
Free