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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

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

Episode 2 “Change Up”
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