(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.
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.
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.
“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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