Scientists give Bronze Age Gristhorpe Man a face and voice

York Press: Dr Alan Ogden, of the Division of Archaeological Sciences at Bradford University, with a facial  reconstruction of the famous Gristhorpe Man Dr Alan Ogden, of the Division of Archaeological Sciences at Bradford University, with a facial reconstruction of the famous Gristhorpe Man

ACADEMICS in Yorkshire have given a voice and a face to a man who died more about 4,000 years ago.

Using state-of-the-art computer programme and forensic techniques, scientists have reconstructed the face of the Gristhorpe Man.

The skeleton of the Bronze Age man, thought to be a warrior chief, was discovered in Gristhorpe, near Filey, in 1834, and boiled in horse glue to preserve it.

It was displayed in the Scarborough Museum, now the Rotunda Museum, until 2006, when it was moved to the Division of Archaeological Sciences at Bradford University, where a series of tests and investigations were carried out on the remains.

Dr Alan Ogden used the results of the tests and his skills as a dentist and osteologist to build a facial reconstruction of the man, and modern software to animate the model and give him a voice.

“I hope that the visitor to the museum can visualise him as a living man, a senior figure in his society, used to being obeyed and probably even revered,” he said.

The facial reconstruction and the remains of the Gristhorpe Man are back on display from today at The Rotunda Museum, which is open from Tuesday to Sunday between 10am and 5pm.

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11:45am Wed 4 Aug 10

Alucard says...

Can understand the face reconstruction because is an established forensic procedure, but the voice !!!!
Can understand the face reconstruction because is an established forensic procedure, but the voice !!!! Alucard

9:56am Thu 5 Aug 10

Hieronymous says...

Quite - unless he's very late Bronze Age and spoke a form of proto-Celtic, there's no way of knowing what language he used: pre-Indo-European certainly ... something like Finnish or Basque maybe?
Quite - unless he's very late Bronze Age and spoke a form of proto-Celtic, there's no way of knowing what language he used: pre-Indo-European certainly ... something like Finnish or Basque maybe? Hieronymous

11:17am Thu 5 Aug 10

LeftyLoony says...

It's like on Time Team when they somehow manage to do a digital reconstruction of a Roman village using only a single piece of mosaic, which is all they managed to find during 3 days of digging.
I think museum officials sometimes underestimate our powers of imagination - we don't always have to "relate" things to our own lives in order to be interested in them! Full marks for effort, though, I guess!
It's like on Time Team when they somehow manage to do a digital reconstruction of a Roman village using only a single piece of mosaic, which is all they managed to find during 3 days of digging. I think museum officials sometimes underestimate our powers of imagination - we don't always have to "relate" things to our own lives in order to be interested in them! Full marks for effort, though, I guess! LeftyLoony

4:06pm Thu 5 Aug 10

nowthen says...

So that's who Peter Stringfellow copied his hairstyle from !
So that's who Peter Stringfellow copied his hairstyle from ! nowthen

4:32pm Thu 5 Aug 10

Silver says...

Alucard wrote:
Can understand the face reconstruction because is an established forensic procedure, but the voice !!!!
Could be funny though imagine if it was a squeaky high pitched stammering voice. After all there is no real way of knowing is there?
[quote][p][bold]Alucard[/bold] wrote: Can understand the face reconstruction because is an established forensic procedure, but the voice !!!![/p][/quote]Could be funny though imagine if it was a squeaky high pitched stammering voice. After all there is no real way of knowing is there? Silver

6:50pm Thu 5 Aug 10

Lizzie Browning says...

Funny looking beggar. Although in fairness the glasses and beard don't help. :-)

Sorry...will get my coat.....
Funny looking beggar. Although in fairness the glasses and beard don't help. :-) Sorry...will get my coat..... Lizzie Browning

12:56pm Fri 6 Aug 10

GoodDoc says...

I'm normally sceptical about the accuracy of such things but this is laughable. Looks like a reject from Jim Henson's workshop. Tis a little known fact that human ears have evolved since the Bronze Age.
I'm normally sceptical about the accuracy of such things but this is laughable. Looks like a reject from Jim Henson's workshop. Tis a little known fact that human ears have evolved since the Bronze Age. GoodDoc

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