FACE OF BRUTALLY MURDERED PICTISH MAN RECONSTRUCTED
This handsome chap may look like an East London hipster who knows his espresso ristretto from his latte macchiato, but he was actually a Pictish man who lived in the Scottish Highlands 1,400 years ago.
This mug shot was digitally reconstructed from a skeleton found buried in a cave in Black Isle, Ross-shire by researchers from the University of Dundee.
The body was arranged in a cross-legged position with large stones placed on its legs and arms. Several severe fractures in the man’s skull suggest he was brutally murdered before being laid to rest.
“This is a fascinating skeleton in a remarkable state of preservation which has been expertly recovered. From studying his remains we learned a little about his short life but much more about his violent death,” said researcher Sue Black. “As you can see from the facial reconstruction he was a striking young man, but he met a very brutal end, suffering a minimum of five severe injuries to his head.”
Radiocarbon dating indicates that the man died sometime between 430 and 630 AD. The remains were surrounded by evidence of iron smithing from around the same period and suggestions of more recent leather working.
Ongoing analysis of the skeleton and artefacts from the cave is expected to offer additional details of the man’s place of origin and significance, as well as provide more information about the cave’s archaeological and historical importance.
Even though the man was brutally killed, his body was laid to rest with some consideration