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Face of ‘beautiful young woman’ who lived 4,600 YEARS ago in ancient Egypt revealed after 3D scan of her mummy

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Face of ‘beautiful young woman’ who lived 4,600 YEARS ago in ancient Egypt revealed after 3D scan of her mummy

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SCIENTISTS reconstructed the face of a female mummy who lived 4,600 years ago using forensic science.

Scientists say she was probably a “beautiful” lady with brown eyes.

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A mummy’s face has been digitally reconstructed using forensics
Face of ‘beautiful young woman’ who lived 4,600 YEARS ago in ancient Egypt revealed after 3D scan of her mummy

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The mummy is known as Shep-en-Isis, or SchepeneseCredit: FAPAB Research Center/Cicero Moraes

The mummy, which has been in Switzerland since 1820, is known as Shep-en-Isis, or Schepenese, and has been under study for a team of scientists for months.

The team was made up of members of the FAPAB research center in Sicily and Flinders University in Australia and had only one goal: to digitally reconstruct the mummy using CT scans and morphological data from its skeleton.

And after bringing in Cicero Moraes, a Brazilian 3D designer who has created famous facial reconstructions of historical figures such as Jesus Christ, the team was finally able to see the fruits of their labor.

The team of scientists built the facial features one by one, adding tissue, eyes and skin, then finer details such as hair and freckles.

The shape of the ears, in particular, could be constructed quite precisely because they were mummified.

“The harmonious and well-proportioned skull suggests that Schepenese was probably a beautiful lady when she was alive,” say the experts.

His “good” and completely “preserved” teeth, however, were one of the most distinguishing physical characteristics of the reconstruction, according to the team.

The mummy’s remains are currently housed in the library of São Galo Abbey in Switzerland, which commissioned the project.

Shep-en-Isis was originally discovered in 1819 at Deir el-Bahari, a temple complex located on the west bank of the Nile.

Experts believe she was the daughter of a priest from the city of Thebes and likely came from a wealthy family, as marks found on her sarcophagus suggest.

“Based on the anatomical age of Shep-en-Isis and the style of her inner coffin, she must have been born around 650 BC and died between 620 and 610 BC,” said Dr. Michael Habicht of the Flinders University at Aventuras na História.

The team could not determine if she had any children.

Face of ‘beautiful young woman’ who lived 4,600 YEARS ago in ancient Egypt revealed after 3D scan of her mummy

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The woman had slightly protruding teethCredit: FAPAB Research Center/Cicero Moraes
Face of ‘beautiful young woman’ who lived 4,600 YEARS ago in ancient Egypt revealed after 3D scan of her mummy

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Scientists were able to use the morphological data of the woman’s skeleton for the construction of the faceCredit: FAPAB Research Center/Cicero Moraes
Face of ‘beautiful young woman’ who lived 4,600 YEARS ago in ancient Egypt revealed after 3D scan of her mummy

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The inscriptions on the sarcophagus indicated that the woman was richCredit: FAPAB Research Center/Cicero Moraes
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