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Scientists recreate the face of Egyptian pharaoh Ramesses II

By T.K. Randall
December 28, 2022 · Comment icon 6 comments

A glimpse of a face from the distant past. Image Credit: Liverpool John Moores University
The impressively life-like image was put together by a computer based on 3D scans of the pharaoh's skull.
Thanks to some remarkable advances in computer technology, it has become increasingly possible to digitally recreate the past and, in particular, to look upon the faces of people who haven't walked the Earth for hundreds or even thousands of years.

This latest example, which came about thanks to a collaboration between British and Egyptian scientists, used the skull of pharaoh Ramesses II to produce a detailed facial reconstruction of a man who was at one time considered to be the most powerful ruler in Egypt's history.

The third pharaoh of the Nineteenth Dynasty, Ramesses II took the throne some 3,200 years ago in 1279 B.C. and ruled for 67 years before his death at the age of 91.

"My imagination of the face of Ramesses II was influenced by his mummy's face," said Sahar Saleem of Cairo University who created the 3D model of the skull.
"However, the facial reconstruction helped to put a living face on the mummy."

The actual process itself was done at the Face Lab at Liverpool John Moores University.

"We take the computer tomography (CT) model of the skull, which gives us the 3D shape of the skull that we can take into our computer system," said lab director Caroline Wilkinson.

"Then we have a database of pre-modelled facial anatomy that we import and then alter to fit the skull."

Source: Mail Online | Comments (6)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Ozymandias 1 year ago
Doesn't look anything like me!!
Comment icon #2 Posted by Hyperionxvii 1 year ago
Uh ... I dunno ... That just does not look like a Ramesses to me. Looks more like a Joe. Joe from Jersey, I am sure, I knew that guy!  
Comment icon #3 Posted by Inkgnition 1 year ago
Berlusconi, is that you?
Comment icon #4 Posted by fred_mc 1 year ago
I'm curious about what ancient Egyptians looked like. I'm thinking modern Arab looks but maybe that is wrong, the Ramesses II image here doesn't look like that. I guess the Arabs came from the east later on. Maybe the ancient Egyptians looked more like berber people, I guess they are more native to north Africa.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Wepwawet 1 year ago
The DNA studies so far carried out show that for the most part modern Egyptians are not quite the same as ancient ones due to the inflow of non Egyptians over millenia. People in Egypt today generally do not look like Nefertiti. But Ancient Egyptians can, at least with Nefertiti, look like modern Italians such as Sophia Loren, or, Levantines, not Arabs from Arabia, as you can have people from Lebanon and Syria with similar-ish looks, the Alawites, or from the Caucasus, Circassians. The Levant, Caucasus and Black Sea area in general, even extending into central and western Europe, features prom... [More]
Comment icon #6 Posted by qxcontinuum 1 year ago
Historian William Langer wrote - “The population of both Upper and Lower Mesopotamia in prehistoric times BELONGED TO THE BROWN or Mediterranean race. While this basic stock persisted in historical, times especially in the south, it became increasingly, mixed especially with broad-headed Armenoid peoples from the northeastern mountains owing to the recurrent incursions of mountain tribes into the plain.” Encyclopedia of World History, Houghton Mifflin Company Boston 1972 Egyptians as descendants from babylonians were  haired Caucasoids, they were only ruled by a fair haired, blue eyed Ar... [More]

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