Can’t rebuild the history of mankind with data based solely on the higher social classes.
Therefore, a team of researchers from the University of Cambridge, in collaboration with the Dundee University of Scotland, has launched the project After the Plague through which students and researchers from the center are dedicated to reconstructing the history of the 14th century England, in which to fish had a terrible role that led to the death of thousands of people. Of the majority of these victims there is no type of Registration, since at that time there were only the wealthiest citizens.
And it is precisely within the framework of this project that the facial reconstruction from Context 958, a 40-year-old man who when he died would have no idea how famous his face would be seven centuries later.
Tombs in a medieval charity hospital
In order to obtain skeletal remains for their research, this team of scientists has traveled to a group of more than 400 graves, located in the vicinity of what was once the medieval charity hospital from St John.
According to the writings of the time, this hospital welcomed and fed the poor and sick of the over, who remained there until the moment of his death, after which they were buried in the cemetery that has become the protagonist of the project, which still has a lot of work ahead of it.
For now, one of his first steps has been to study the bones and the facial reconstruction of a subject, whom they have baptized as Context 958.
It is about a man, approximately 40 years old, who before his death had a Laboral life very hard, according to wear showing their bones.
In addition, his childhood could be very marked by the hungry, or maybe for some illnesswell your toothpaste He stopped growing when he was young, but later he had to get a job that, despite poverty, allowed him to eat better than that of other people of his social class, since it seems that he had a diet rich in meat and fish.
It should also be noted a great trauma on the back of the skull, although it was surely not what killed it, as it had already healed completely at the time of the death.
All these data are more than enough to recreate what that man’s life could be, but it is much more visual thanks to the impressive facial reconstruction that they have also carried out around the project and which, according to plan, will be the first of many, since they have financing until the year 2021.
It is undoubtedly a very interesting application of the techniques of facial reconstruction, but there are many others, such as identification of missing persons, in which tools are used that seek the coincidence of a series of predetermined points between the photo of the missing person and the skull with which it is to be compared.
And it is not necessary to travel outside of Spain to find centers in which these types of techniques are developed, because here we have very good teams in this area, such as the one led by the professor. Miguel Bottle in the Laboratory of Physical Anthropology of the University of Granada.