A man with a cleft lip, a bishop and a young woman : Realistic reconstructions of the faces of medieval people in Scotland

(ORDO NEWS) — Scientists have created realistic 3D reconstructions of the faces of a young medieval woman, a chubby priest and a man with a cleft lip.

The faces belong to three people whose remains were found during excavations in the area of ​​New South Wales, Scotland.

In total, at the site of the medieval monastery, scientists discovered 28 graves dating back to the 11th-14th centuries, as well as about 52,000 artifacts, including gold and silver jewelry, which were buried along with some of the dead.

Facial reconstruction

The project, called the Whithorn Trust , brought together a range of specialists: from archaeologists to anthropologists and forensic scientists. They collaborated on 3D face models of medieval Scots.

Here is a video of a digital reconstruction of a young woman:

In addition to the face of the woman, about whom very little is known, the researchers reconstructed the face of a man with a cleft palate.

This mysterious man was buried next to the bishop, but he did not have any things indicating that he belonged to the clergy.

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The third face, recreated by scientists, belongs to Bishop Walter of Whithorn, who died in 1235. He was buried with a golden ring and a wooden staff, which clearly indicated his status.

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“It was really interesting to work with these skulls because one of them, a priest with a cleft lip and palate, is the most asymmetrical skull I have ever worked on. The other, from a young woman, is the most symmetrical skull I have ever worked on, ” said craniofacial anthropologist Dr. Christopher Wrynn.

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