If you know the way to San Jose (or just happen to live nearby) there's a really fun workshop running at the city's Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum and Planetarium on the second Sunday of every month. Egyptian Oils and Perfumes allows olfaction addicts of all ages to learn about the oils and perfumes popular in Ancient Egyptian times. Whether you're interested in what kind of oils the priests of Ra used in their rituals or what kind of fragrance Nefertiti might have worn, there's plenty of cool stuff to learn, and it sounds like a pretty interesting group activity if you've got a posse of friends or family in town.
In more cosmetic surgery news regarding historical figures, last week while performing a CAT scan on a bust of Nefertiti, researchers uncovered what appears to be the ancient equivalent of modern Photoshopping. Underneath the queen's bust, a second limestone representation of the queen was revealed.
"That statue is still very beautiful," TV historian Bettany Hughes told The Independent Woodstock Literary Festival, "but not as beautiful. It showed her nose was bent, and that she had wrinkles around her eyes. It's a real portrait of a real woman."
Nefertiti, an Egyptian queen who ruled over 3,000 years ago, is thought to have died between the ages of 29 and 38; her name means "the beautiful one has come." If you're planning a trip to Germany, head to the Neues Museum in Berlin to see the bust for yourself.