Facial reconstruction technology is so advance now that it can provide new details regarding the way regular people lived 700 years ago.
Although in the image above we might believe that we’re looking at a photo, and this because it shows a human figure in the most realistic way possible, the image actually contains the face of a man who died more than 700 years ago. The photo is created with the help of facial reconstruction technology which allows us to reconstruct the features and anatomy of the human face with great precision.
The man in the photo lived in the 13th century and he is one of the 400 bodies found under the John’s College in Cambridge, United Kingdom, between 2010 and 2012. Facial reconstruction is part of a collective effort between the Cambridge University and Dundee University. The project, created with the help of The Wellcome Trust is actually an effort to catalogue and analyze bodies with as many details as possible.
So, the man in the photo was a bit older than 40 years old when he was buried. His skeleton contains serious signs of wear, which indicates that the man lived a hash life. The teeth enamel stopped growing in his youth which suggests that the man experienced famine and he was sick when he was younger. The researcher can’t precisely pinpoint the man’s job but they think the man was into commerce.
The man in the photo had a diet rich in fish and meat, according to analysis of his teeth. This is why the researchers reached the conclusion that the man’s job gave him access to these foods because 700 years ago regular people were unable to get their hands on fish and meat so easily.
The researchers also think that the man was a patient at the St. John hospital. The hospital was treating dozens of sick patients who were too poor to get help somewhere else.
This discovery helps researchers learn more about the way regular people lived 700 years ago. Generally, historic studies are more focused on rich people who had a major influence but so far nobody really took the interest to learn how regular and poor people lived. The new study is a tribute to regular people, who’s lives would have been forever forgotten.