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Faces of 150-year-old sailors reconstructed

Forensic anthropologists have reconstructed the faces of two sailors whose skulls were recovered from the USS Monitor which sank 150 years ago.

Originally discovered by Navy divers during the recovery of the gun turret from the ocean floor in 2002, the remains were retrieved by archaeologist Eric Emery of the Joint POW-MIA Accounting Command in Hawaii during the excavation of the huge artifact at the Mariners’.

Both skeletons were well-preserved and nearly complete after more than 145 years in their silt-filled tomb, enabling forensic scientists to determine that one sailor was between 17 to 24 years old and about 5 feet 7 inches tall, with relatively good oral hygiene. The other man was about one inch shorter, between 30 to 40 years old and probably smoked a pipe.

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Story: Mark St. John Erickson, Daily Press | Photo: NOAA

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