News ID: 269492
Published: 0817 GMT May 27, 2020

Facial reconstruction of medieval priest unveiled

Facial reconstruction of medieval priest unveiled

A facial reconstruction of a medieval priest found buried at Lincoln Cathedral in England was unveiled.

The priest's remains were discovered among 50 burials unearthed during renovation works in January, BBC News reported.

Archaeologist Natasha Powers said the real-life image was "not an exact likeness" but a "representation" based on his skull and medieval drawings.

Experts analyzed the 5ft. 7in. (169cm) skeleton and estimated he died aged between 35 and 45 years old.

Powers said the priest's facial features were based on a model of his skull but his coloration — including that of his eyes and skin — as well as his hairstyle, the size of his lips, and facial hair were "guess work".

She said she was "quite surprised, shocked even," to see the "real-life" image of the priest.

"I didn't kind of believe it to start with and then I went and looked at the skull and I could see it.

"It's because it's so realistic, you think it can't possibly be right but it's entirely based on what his head shape and face shape actually was".

"It gives you that immediate feeling of connection."

It is not known how the priest died as there was "little sign he suffered from any disease or injury during his life", except for a small bump.

Archaeologists believe he had lived "a relatively risk-free lifestyle."

His remains, buried with a pewter chalice and paten, were described as a significant "rare find" when they were discovered.

Similar examples of the chalice and paten — a gold or silver plate — have been dated back as far as the 12th century.





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