Meet Nebiri, an ancient Egyptian man who died 3,500 years ago. He lived during the reign of Thutmose III 1479–1425 BC, 18th Dynasty.
His mummy became famous before this facial reconstruction because scientists confirmed that he died of chronic heart failure - the oldest case ever found.
Nebiri appears as a man with a prominent nose, wide jaw, straight eyebrows and moderately thick lips.
But the most interesting thing about Nebiri was the rare and special way his head was mummified. Usually, when mummifying the dead, the ancient Egyptians would extract the brain through the nose.
However, this was not done in Nebiri’s case. Instead, embalmers ‘packed’ his skull full of linen and wrappings.
Not only did this create an impenetrable barrier to prevent insect infestation, but it also had a cosmetic purpose too. By ‘packing’ the skull in this way the embalmers retained the shape of Nebiri’s skull and face - ingenious.