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Building a mummy from scratch

Nearly 2,000 years ago, a young woman was buried only yards away from a king's pyramid. She was 5 feet 2 inches in height, and around 20 years old when she died.

And now, through high-resolution CT scans, 3-D printing technology and anthropological analysis, researchers are pretty sure they know what she looked like, even down to her hairstyle. As reported by LiveScience:

"The mummy's hair is readily appreciable, with longer strands at the middle of the scalp drawn back into twists or plaits that were then wound into a tutulus, or chignon at the vertex (crown) of the head," writes a research team in a paper published recently in the journal RSNA RadioGraphics. They note that it was a popular hairstyle at the time, which may have been inspired by a Roman empress, Faustina I, who lived in the second century.

The eerily realistic mummy is set to be unveiled today at the Redpath Museum at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

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