Facial reconstruction of Neolithic skeleton from Balevullin

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Facial reconstruction of the Hunterian’s most complete Middle Neolithic skeleton, known as the Tiree Woman, who was excavated in 1912 at Balevullin on the northwest coast of Tiree in the Inner Hebrides. This woman (GLAHM:B.1912.20) is thought to have been 25-35 years old at the time of her death more than 5,000 years ago, and has been claimed by Ian Armit to be the earliest example of ricketts found in an ancient British skeleton. In collaboration with Zandra Wilkins, a final-year modelmaker at Arts University Bournemouth, and the University of Glasgow’s Dr Gareth Beale, a specialist in digital archaeology, the decision was taken in 2022 to produce this facial reconstruction of the Tiree Woman. Photogrammetry was used to produce a 3D model of the skull, which was 3D printed in polystyrene at AUB, then the soft tissue was sculpturally overmodelled by Ms Wilkins. This facial reconstruction won Zandra Wilkins an award at Fresh Blades 2022.

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