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'Hairdo archaeologist' solves ancient fashion mystery
BBC via Drudge Report / www.drudgereport.com ^ | 26 May 2013 Last updated at 18:51 ET | Produced by the BBC's Peter Murtaugh

Posted on 05/27/2013 4:03:43 PM PDT by thecodont

[Janet] Stephens is a hairstyle archaeologist who specialises in recreating how women in ancient Rome and Greece wore their hair.

She spoke to the BBC about a museum visit that marked the start of a long journey of discovery on which she solved a historical mystery and had her work published in an academic journal.

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: archaeology; godsgravesglyphs; hair; hairstyles; janetstephens; romanempire; rome

1 posted on 05/27/2013 4:03:43 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: thecodont

Interesting enough.
The more things change the more they stay the same I guess


2 posted on 05/27/2013 4:06:10 PM PDT by Fai Mao (Genius at Large)
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To: thecodont

That was fascinating! I have always wondered if anyone knew how to do these hairstyles the Roman women wore that were so elaborate. I’ve noticed they are not reproduced anywhere and felt likely no one really does know how.

Well, how wonderful this woman has figured out some and is now working on it. It’s a valuable contribution to archeology and maybe someday we’ll see some of these hairstyles reproduced in the modern world.


3 posted on 05/27/2013 4:12:13 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Fai Mao

This is an interesting lesson because up until now, no one who actually was a hair stylist had investigated how they styled their hair in ancient times.


4 posted on 05/27/2013 4:12:24 PM PDT by SubMareener (Save us from Quarterly Freepathons! Become a MONTHLY DONOR!)
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To: thecodont

I thought thought the interview and how she went about her research was interesting. She claims she’s not a good writer, that she’s a hairdresser, but she sure is articulate.
AND, she DID get published in a scholarly journal!


5 posted on 05/27/2013 4:20:18 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: thecodont

Very interesting, she makes more sense than some of the pedigreed eggheads. I’ve always been a fan of tight buns.


6 posted on 05/27/2013 4:20:41 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: thecodont

what impresses me is it didnt take hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to discover this


7 posted on 05/27/2013 4:20:58 PM PDT by bigheadfred ( barry your mouth is writing checks your ass cant cash)
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To: thecodont

what impresses me is it didnt take hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to discover this


8 posted on 05/27/2013 4:20:58 PM PDT by bigheadfred ( barry your mouth is writing checks your ass cant cash)
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To: SubMareener; Fai Mao; SunkenCiv
This is an interesting lesson because up until now, no one who actually was a hair stylist had investigated how they styled their hair in ancient times.

I like when she had that "Aha!" moment when she compared the braided bun to the braided rugs she'd seen her grandmother make.

9 posted on 05/27/2013 4:22:07 PM PDT by thecodont
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Thanks thecodont.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


10 posted on 05/27/2013 4:23:02 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: thecodont

I love this! I wish that I had hair that would lend itself to this.


11 posted on 05/27/2013 4:25:49 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: thecodont

I remember seeing paintings on the walls of the palace at Knossos in Crete in my high school history books. There were girls with beautiful hairdos.

They looked very modern and elaborate.


12 posted on 05/27/2013 4:39:44 PM PDT by yarddog (Truth, Justice, and what was once the American Way.)
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To: thecodont

Just FABULOUS!


13 posted on 05/27/2013 5:00:21 PM PDT by kaehurowing
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To: thecodont

Awesome. An entire story that did not have one cringe-worthy element. How pleasant to read about something like that.


14 posted on 05/27/2013 7:57:44 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: yarddog

The Apostles warned the women of the congregation to not be overly obsessed with mere outward appearances, including the “braiding of the hair” (1 Peter 3:3, 1 Timothy 2:9).


15 posted on 05/27/2013 8:27:42 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: EDINVA

There are videos on youtube of how she recreates these hair styles.
The Roman one worn by the Vestal Virgins seems to be designed to make an elegant braid around the top of the head without any bangs getting into the eyes.


16 posted on 05/27/2013 8:28:44 PM PDT by tbw2
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To: SunkenCiv

What a neat story. Smart woman.


17 posted on 05/28/2013 9:29:59 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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To: EDINVA

Yes, I thought that, too. Very articulate.


18 posted on 05/28/2013 9:30:54 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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To: yarddog

Thanks yd. There’s long been discussion on the veracity of those reconstructed murals.


19 posted on 05/28/2013 12:11:18 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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20 posted on 05/28/2013 12:47:19 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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