Episode 2 “Change Up”


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Welcome Friends! It’s another exciting episode of “The Struggling Archaeologist’s Guide to Getting Dirty,” so get ready for episode 2 “Change up!”

In this episode I take you on a journey into the exciting world of mummies. Just your average, run of the mill, organ-less, mummified human beings. Well, at least that’s what they thought at the Redpath museum of Montreal, until recent images from a CT scan of three mummies from their collection revealed that one of them wore a fancy schmancy hairstyle to the afterlife. I heard it was all the rage in the Roman era, so I thought I’d try it out for myself (a little experimental archaeology never hurt anyone… unless you count flint knapping, which I believe is up there with shark attacks on the kill-o-meter). So here is a forensic artist’s reconstruction of the Redpath mummy (a woman around 20 from the Fayum)… and myself with a truly awful reconstruction of her hairdo!











Now, I remind you that I had to do this to myself while the Egyptian woman probably wasn’t very bothered during the whole process because she was dead… but I bet if she were still kickin she would have had help because this is actually quite a difficult look to pull off. I made the mistake of doing too many braids and then smushing the poof I had created in the back with the million bobby pins I had to use to secure the braid ends. So kudos to you Egyptian ladies, you’ve one upped me in the battle of the hair- although I will remind you that at least I have hair, which is more than I can say for many of you, so there. Here’s some shots from the front for you kids, just so I can say I didn’t get all dressed up for nothing.

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  So the Egyptian thing was fun      (especially when I went to Wal-Mart later  and everyone stared at me), but then we had to move on- so I was happy to bring you some cool CRM news out of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Researching this story kind of got away from me, I pretty much ended up giving a history of Danish royalty so…  yeah, that happened. But seriously, I have a cool scoop from the author of the article about the future of the project too.

Somewhere in there is a new segment I call shorty news. It’s a short news story that I find amusing. This one’s about soup. Enjoy.

So there you have it folks, the official episode wrap-up. Make sure to like “The Struggling Archaeologist’s Guide to Getting Dirty” on facebook, and send me some tweets at @strugglingarch. I realized when I said that I’d “tweet” you back on the podcast it sounded mildly dirty- so just to be clear- that’s when I write you back to tell you something insightful that changes your life. If you’re comment can’t be contained in 140 characters then send me an email at guidetogettingdirty@gmail.com

Enjoy the show. Oh yeah, and check out that braid action from the back! IMGP0634