2017-01-07 16:38:53 UTC
"Researchers have reverse-engineered the ancient ritual practice that
created one of the British Museum's most important artifactsthe Jericho
Skullrevealing the face of a man whose remains were decorated and
venerated some 9,500 years ago.
The Jericho Skull is also considered the oldest portrait in the museum's
collection, and, until recently, its most enigmatic: a truncated human
skull covered in worn plaster, with eye sockets set with simple sea
shells that stare out blindly from its display case.
Now, thanks to digital imaging, 3-D printing, and forensic
reconstruction techniques, specialists have recreated the face of the
individual inside the Jericho Skulland it turns out to belong to a
40-something man with a broken nose."