Thanks to advanced technology we’re now able to know something we have always been curious about – what ancient people looked like. We have seen portraits but they’re mostly a representation of these people from the artist’s point of view. Then we have seen skeletal remains, but it’s not like we could make something out of them.
Well, up until now, we could only imagine how they’d looked. However, today scientists, will the help of technology are able to recreate their appearance. Using forensic facial reconstruction, scientists can create the face of a person according to the structural anatomy of their skull.
Follow us to see some recreations of people who have lived hundreds, maybe even thousands of years ago.
1. A young man from the Middle Ages
This man is supposed to be around 13 and 17 years old and lived in Scotland during the Middle Ages. Scientists used forensic medical modeling and recreated his facial muscles and tissues, and with the help of a computer program, they also recreated his facial features.
2. Maximilien Robespierre
Robespierre was one of the most influential figures associated with the Reign of Terror and was reportedly taken to execution by his former followers. Based on his death mask, scientist were able to create a 3D reconstruction of his face, and the final result was amazing.
3. A Neolithic man
According to the scientists, this man lived during the Neolithic period and was around 25-40 years old. He was buried in the territory of modern Great Britain about 5,500 years ago.
4. Johann Sebastian Bach
The German composer and musician lived in both the 17th and 18th centuries. The master composer created more than 1,000 one-of-a-kind musical works. Thanks to scientists, we now know what Bach looked like.
5. Ava, a woman from the Bronze Age
Ava’s remains were found in Scotland in a grave carved into a rock. She most probably came from The Beaker people and died about 3,700 years ago. Maya Hoole, a Scottish archeologist, and Hew Morrison, a forensic artist, were able to recreate the woman’s appearance.
6. Henry IV, King of France
King Henry IV lived around 1553-1610 and is better known for founding the Royal Dynasty of Bourbon. He was beloved by his people who hailed him “Good King Henry,” but was unfortunately murdered at the age of 57 by an extremist. Scientists created Henry IV’s appearance based on his skeletal material, and the result is quite accurate.
Named the most important figure in Egyptian history, the Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt ruled around 1332-1323 BC. The Pharaoh took over the throne when he was only ten years old, and died before even turning 20. As a result of thorough research and computerized tomography of his mummy in 2005, we’re now able to see the Boy King’s appearance.
8. Richard III, King of England
Richard III and the last of the Plantagenet dynasty, lived in the second half of the 15th century. His remains were found in a parking lot many years ago, and according to examinations on the king’s skull, people recreated a plastic model of his face.
9. A girl from Ancient Greece
Presumably, this girl lived in Athens and died at the age of 11 around 430 BC.
10. An ancient Roman woman who died in Herculaneum
The young woman, who was presumed to be from a wealthy family, was one of the 20 people to hide from the Vesuvius eruption.
11. An ancient Roman man who died in Pompeii
The eruption of Vesuvius destroyed both Pompeii and Herculaneum, ancient Roman towns. It was reported that about 16,000 to 20,000 people died from the natural disaster that happened on August 24, 79 A.D. A British medical examiner managed to recreate the appearance of this man thanks to an X-ray and other skull features. However, they couldn’t find anything to identify his social status or anything else about his life.