They recreate the face of a Druid woman from the Iron Age in Scotland

They recreate the face of a Druid woman from the Iron Age in Scotland



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A student at the University of Dundee has achieved recreate the face of one of Scotland's oldest Druid women, believed to have been in his 60s when he died during the Iron Age.

Karen Fleming, a forensic art and facial identification master's student, has recreated the head of a woman believed to be from Stornoway, on the Isle of Lewis.

The 3-D wax reconstruction represents a toothless woman, nicknamed «Hilda«, Which is believed to have more than 60 years, an impressive feat back then.

Fleming says that Hilda, although she is thousands of years old, displays many physical attributes that are still recognizable today.

Fleming explained that:

Hilda was a fascinating character to recreate. It's clear from looking at his skull that he had no teeth before he died, which is not too surprising considering people's diet back then, but it was impressive to confirm how long he lived. The life expectancy of a woman at this time was approximately 31 years, but it is now believed that living longer during the Iron Age is an indication of coming from a privileged background.

It is impossible to know for sure when he died as we were unable to date the skull, but assuming the information we have for the year 1833 is correct, Hilda passed away at any time between 55 BC. and 400 A.D. and was of Celtic origin.

Meticulously reproducing the characteristics in waxKaren said this year's heat wave nearly melted Hilda's rebuilding before she came back to life.

It's fun to say now, but I had to keep parts of Hilda, like her wax-modeled ears, in the fridge for most of the summer. As a student traveling from Edinburgh, I had to keep it cool in the car and had it tied up in the passenger seat. I am sure it is a sight that passersby will not forget to see.

Hilda was recreated from an ancient skull from the University of Edinburgh Anatomical Museum and is described as one of the six «Skulls of the Druids of the Hebrides presented to the Edinburgh Phrenological Society in 1833”.

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