3-D used to make Bronze Age man’s face

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - LIFE -

LON­DON — Aca­demic “time de­tec­tives” from Liver­pool have used 3-D dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy to re­veal the face of a Bronze Age farmer who lived in mid­dle Eng­land 4,000 years ago. Ex­perts from Face Lab at Liver­pool John Moores Univer­sity used the tech­nol­ogy based on a study of the man’s skull.

The man’s skele­ton was found in an an­cient burial ground in the county of Der­byshire in the 1930s. For the past 30 years the bone re­mains have been part of a col­lec­tion at Der­byshire’s Bux­ton Mu­seum in a scenic area of Bri­tain known as the Peak District.

But un­til now no­body had been able to imag­ine what the man looked like in life.

The project is part of a her­itage ef­fort to con­nect the mu­seum’s col­lec­tions to the sur­round­ing land­scape.

Joe Perry, as­sis­tant col­lec­tions of­fi­cer at the mu­seum, says it was im­por­tant to put a face to the Bronze Age re­mains.

Caro­line Wilkin­son from Face Lab says clay was used in the tech­nique to help build the face.

It is al­ways a thrill to see the process work on an­cient peo­ple, she says, adding: “It’s a sur­prise to peo­ple when they look like us, it cre­ates more em­pa­thy.”

The skull of the man was found dam­aged in­side a stone box at the old burial ground known as Liff ’s Low. A type of beaker and a stone pen­dant were found along with the hu­man re­mains.

Perry says there was a need for hu­man­ity with the Liff ’s Low skele­ton.

“We need to make peo­ple think about the skele­ton as a per­son who lived and worked in Der­byshire. We have a duty of care to the de­ceased, we wanted to em­pha­size that these are peo­ple,” he says.

Perry says the man could have been about 35 when he died and spent his life farm­ing within the district.

It is be­lieved the stone box he was buried in col­lapsed, caus­ing dam­age to the front of his skull.

The re­mains, along with the im­age of the Peak District’s most fa­mous farmer, will go on pub­lic dis­play when the mu­seum re­opens in Sep­tem­ber.

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