Skin Optical Characterization Devices

In July 1973 Cheikh Anta Diop published a paper on the pigmentation of the Ancient Egyptians (Kemetians). In the paper he established melanin levels as a fundamental racial characteristic and that there exist laboratory methods to measure melanin levels for both dead and living beings.

One issue presented in opposition to the future study of Ancient Kemetic mummies skin melanin levels was the need to take a sample of skin from the subjects.

Since that time devices have been developed which measure skin color and melanin.

Skin optical characterization device is a generic term for instruments which determine an individual’s skin melanin index. Below are links to patents for such devices. They make the idea of the measuring of melanin index for Egyptian mummies a non-invasive procedure.

These devices mean the examination of the melanin index can be subject to quantifiable measure and there is no excuse not to conduct an examination in Kemetic mummies. The opponents of Dr. Cheikh Anta Diop’s Melanin Dosage Test argue against it because of the need to consume the sample taken, thereby potentially damaging the artifact being examined.

A study involving 30 volunteers evaluated the performance of:

The DSM III – Skin Colormeter is a device which measures erythema and melanin, as well as, the CIELAB color space.

Since the above devices require no invasive sampling, why haven’t studies been conducted on the melanin levels of Kemetic mummies using them?


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