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Tjuyu was discovered in 1905 with blond hair.

Were These Ancient Egyptian Mummies Chemical Or Natural Blondes?

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Egyptian noblewoman Tjuyu and her husband Yuya were important figures in Amenhotep III’s court and she is believed to have died in 1375 BC. Most widely known as being the great-grandmother of legendary pharaoh Tutankhamun, her tomb was discovered in 1905 and a Channel 5 documentary The Nile: Egypt’s Great River , presented by British historian Bettany Hughes, has filmed a rare opening at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

The episode aired on Friday night and showed a team of Egyptologists carefully lifting the lid from Tjuyu’s tomb revealing what a Daily Star article called “her incredibly-well preserved body.” Bettany expounded “She’s so tiny and so perfect.” A 2016 Ancient Origins article describes Tjuyu as "the mother of Queen Tiye , a key women in the Theban court and it is thought that she might also be the “mother of the pharaoh Ay." Thus, she would be Nefertiti and Mutnodjimet’s grandmother.

Colors of Death

On the show Egyptologist Salima Ikram explained that the cloths protruding from her eye sockets were made to look like eyes so that she could “see into the afterlife” and her body was so intact that it was even possible to see the sandals she was wearing while being mummified.

Tjuyu’s feet were remarkably preserved. (YouTube Screenshot)

Tjuyu’s feet were remarkably preserved. (YouTube Screenshot)

Bettany noticed something strange about Tjuyu’s mummified corpse; rather than having dark brown hair, like the vast majority of other Ancient Egyptian mummies, she had “strawberry-blonde hair.” This somewhat bizarre phenomena was explained away by Egyptologist Ikram who said that it is unclear how her hair got to be this color, saying “We’re not 100% sure [if that is her original hair ].”

One of the reasons offered for the color of hair is the use of ‘natrons’ in the mummification processes . This naturally occurring mixture of ‘sodium carbonate decahydrate’, which was also an ancient household insecticide , was primarily used for making leather and to bleach clothing. This implies Tjuyu’s true hair color might have been deliberately lightened to give it a blonde-look or may have occurred accidentally through mummification.

Mummy of Yuyu also had blond hair. (YouTube Screenshot)

Mummy of Yuyu also had blond hair. (YouTube Screenshot)

Blond Egyptians

In the last section when I referred to “the vast majority of other Ancient Egyptian mummies” having dark brown hair, well, I chose those words very carefully because according to Dr. Janet Davey from the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine in Australia, some ancient Egyptians were naturally blond and sometimes red haired .

Mummy of 19th dynasty King Rameses II with reddish-blond hair. (YouTube Screenshot)

Mummy of 19th dynasty King Rameses II with reddish-blond hair. (YouTube Screenshot)

An article recently published by  The Sydney Morning Herald  explains that most researchers claim different colors of the mummy hair resulted from the chemical interactions in the  mummification process  itself (natrons). However, Dr. Davey undertook a series of “innovative experiments” covering “16 hair samples from Egyptian people ” in the salty ash for 40 days. Guess what? Not a single change in hair color was observed.

Dr. Davey is convinced that there were fair-haired Egyptians but finding fair-haired mummies is “very rare” and this is why Egyptologists previously believed that lighter hair color was created during the mummification process. Davey suggests that these blond haired folk lived in Egypt during the Graeco-Roman Period (332 BC – 395 AD).

Dr. Davey’s experiments are claimed to prove that fair hair is was natural to some ancient Egyptians, such as Tjuyu. (YouTube Screenshot)

Dr. Davey’s experiments are claimed to prove that fair hair is was natural to some ancient Egyptians, such as Tjuyu. (YouTube Screenshot)

On December 14, 2014  Ancient Origins reported  on a remarkable discovery in Fag el-Gamous necropolis, which lies along the eastern edge of the Fayum depression near Seila in Egypt. Dating to the time when the Roman or Byzantine Empire controlled Egypt, from the 1st to the 7th century AD, this enormous cemetery, believed to contain over one million burials, was excavated over three decades by archaeologists at Brigham Young University in Utah who among their discoveries unearthed “blond and redheaded mummies.”

Top image: Tjuyu was discovered in 1905 with blond hair.           Source: YouTube Screenshot .

By Ashley Cowie

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THE WHITE RACIST MIND IS VERY REAL! They will never stop trying to place their face on our POWERFUL melinated (selenium) black history. This is the reason that I and my fellow melinated (selenium) black brothers and sisters should never stop seeking our TRUESTORY.

KEMET AND NUBIA WERE VERY BLACK!

The Ancient Egyptians were not Caucasian. They were Black African which has been proven over and over again. All of their statues have Black features. They painted and depicted themselves as Black people. The Ancient Romans and Greeks called them Black people and their DNA on all of the Mummies discovered have closely related to sub saharan African people. The only place where Egyptians were white is in made up movies in Hollywood. To deny that is just another form of racism. Which is really sad.

The Egyptian ruling class were of Western European DNA and are natural blondes. This is fact and indisputable. In fact, Egyptians generally had either red or blonde hair. That is, until they were later multiculturalized. At that point, the original Egyptians relocated to Ireland.

King Tuts DNA y haplogroup is not R1B1. . The DNA company IGENEA saw the Discovery channel special where they had some results on a screen. They used that to claim tut was European. Cartsen Putsch is the researcher who analyzed his DNA in 2010. He said in an interview that those results from IGNEA were "impossible." DNA tribes in 2010 used The STR data available from that study and found the armana Family were Closer to great lake Africans. Ramesses III ihis father and all his sons who were also pharoahs weres E1B1A according to A study done in 2012 by the same research team that did the Armana mummies.

King Tut, Ramses II and the rest of the Amarna Dynasty all possessed rare RH Negative blood. RH Negative blood is not found in African or Asian Cultures and has a very low incidence among Native Americans (indicating that there was most likely contact between the continents earlier than what is currently recognized). The highest concentration of RH negative blood is found among the Basque and the Berbers who are Caucasian. Tut's haplogroup is also R1B1 which is a genetic marker for Caucasian or Northern European. Ancient Egypt looked VERY different during the time of the Pharoahs genetically speaking from the way it looks today. For instance, the Ptolemaic Dynasty (Cleopatra) was of Greek descent; (Ptolemy was one of Alexander the Great's generals who overtook Egypt and established this Dynastic rule there). The Hebrews were also in Egypt, so it is not surprising that these Pharoahs possess blonde and red hair.

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