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Face of Viking woman reconstructed

Researchers in Scotland have digitally reconstructed the face of a Viking woman who lived 1,000 years ago.

The archaeologists also excavated four female skeletons, one of which served as the basis for the new digital reconstruction. Caroline Erolin, a lecturer at the University of Dundee’s Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification, described the process she used to transform 1,000-year-old bones into a lifelike reproduction: “We laser-scanned the skull to create a 3D digital model onto which we could produce the reconstruction. The reconstruction process is carried out utilizing specialist computer equipment which allows the user to ‘feel’ what they are modeling on screen. The anatomy of the face is modeled in ‘virtual clay’ from the deep muscles to the superficial.”

Erolin’s colleague Janice Aitken then made the reconstruction even more realistic by adding facial features and coloring. “I use the same sort of software as is used to create 3D animations in the film industry,” she explained. “I digitally created realistic eyes, hair and bonnet and added lighting to create a natural look.”

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3 thoughts on “Face of Viking woman reconstructed

  1. Stupid! stirling man and others lookalike this. There is something wrong about their methods.
    Dundee’s reconstructions look all rugby players HAH HAH!
    Look at that 2500year old Carthagnian reconstruction in other link. Now that is impressive!

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