Since 2012 we have been working on the human hair remains from the South Tomb Cemetery at Tell el-Amarna, in Egypt (click here for the link to the project website) In this research the focus lies on the study hair styles used by the ancient Egyptians. In the past few seasons, excavated hair samples and entire heads with beautiful preserved coiffures were documented.
On the images here, you will find the top of an extension (check out the ancient extension page here), a photograph of an entire hairstyle with set in extensions an impression of the hair research at Amarna (bottom) and a find of a hair curler from Amarna, now in the Petrie museum in London. Check here for more on these objects.
Also a triage was conducted on the skeletal remains from the excavation seasons 2012 and 2013. Over a 100 skulls were looked at. Some of which were selected for further research or conservation. Articles on my research can be found in the newsletter of the project Horizon number 13, number 6.
In the near future we hope to continue the documentation and the reconstruction of some of the hairstyles. Please follow updates on the hair research on Facebook. And, if you can, please support our work through the Amarna Trust: www.amarnatrust.com or look us up on www.amarnaproject.com
For other posts on ancient Egyptian funerary culture and hair check out the website by Rosa Valdesogo Martín and the publications of Geoffrey John Tassie at Academia.edu.