Don’t ever let anyone tell you that the ancient Egyptians were not Black people. There is plenty of evidence. And if the fact that the country is located on the continent of Africa, there’s also the fact that archeologists just discovered remains of an Egyptian woman from around 1335 B.C. and her hair, still in tact– in some way–after all these years, was styled with more than 70 extensions.
Homegirl was literally fresh to death…I had to do it.
Livescience reported that the woman was laid to rest more than 3,300 years ago in a newly built city in Egypt now called Amarna.
She was not mummified, her body was simply wrapped in a mat.
The extensions were placed and fastened in many different lawyers and heights on her head.
Researchers haven’t been able to determine her name, age or occupation but she is one of hundreds of people who have been found with their hairstyles still intact, who were buried in a cemetery near an ancient city.
The researchers are trying to determine if the hairstyle was particularly for her funeral and burial.
Jolanda Bos, who is leading the hairstyle research, said:
“The hair was most likely styled after death, before a person was buried. It is also likely, however, that these hairstyles were used in everyday life as well and that the people in Amarna used hair extensions in their daily life.”
The other skulls Bos examined had extensions made of gray and black hair, suggesting that several people donated their hair to create the extensions.
Bos analyzed 100 excavated skulls recently, 28 of them containing hair. She noticed that the skulls featured a variety of hair types “from very curly black hair, to middle brown straight” she says this “might reflect a degree of ethnic variation.”
The skulls with brown hair have rings or coils around the ears. And others in the city seemed to be fond of braids, a style that is consistently seen throughout much of sub-Saharan Africa.
With the extensions, fat was used to keep the hair in place. Scientists are currently doing more research to determine if the fat was from animals.
In one case a woman had an orange-red color to cover her graying hair. She may have dyed it with henna.
Bos said this woman and other ancient Egyptians might have dyed their hair “for the same reason as why people dye their hair today, in order not to show the gray color.”
You know what they say, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Fascinating stuff right?