Re: Hairdo Archaeology

Hairdo archaeologist isn’t a job title you hear very often–or ever–but it’s the one bestowed on Janet Stephens, a professional stylist, whose work re-creating the hair styles of the ancient world earned her publication in the Journal of Roman Archaeology–only the second non-archaeologist to be published in the journal in its 25 year history. Here’s a link to an article about Janet and her work in the Wall Street Journal and here’s  a YouTube video showing her stylin’ re-creations:

The elaborate multi-braids reminds me of how North African women did their hair–another reminder that Ancient Rome looked towards the Meditarrean and the Near East, not towards Europe or the New World.


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