Thanks to modern technologies, scientists recreated the face of a British man living in the 13th century, based on his 700-year-old remnants.
Remnants such as the bones and teeth of the man named "958 Objects", allowing them to analyze many things, speculate many other things about his life and recreate his face again.
"The 958 object" is part of an expansion project after learning about disease plague by researchers at Cambridge University (UK), to find out how people fight and die for the disease. in that historical period.
The study focused on a major excavation in Cambridge including about 400 fully buried remains. Their location is located near St John's Hospital and the area in which the disease occurred in the Middle Ages, so researchers believe that "The 958" died of illness and poverty.
"The 958 object is probably a patient of St John's Hospital, a charity that provides food and shelter to dozens of poor villagers , " said John Robb, a member of the research team. .
The researchers added that the man was in his 40s at the time of his death, having experienced a miserable manual labor life, due to the apparent wear and tear on the skeleton.
"We cannot say specifically what his job is, but he is certainly a working-class man who has worked in some kind of specialized trade in the middle ages" , Robb adds.
Based on bone analysis, "Object 958" has a diet relatively rich in fish meat, which is rare for poor people. This shows that even though he is in the working-class class, the job allows a lot of exposure to expensive food.
In addition, his burial is also strange: He is buried in the ground, while very few medieval people accept to put his body on the ground like that.
By examining the skull, the researchers found evidence of a back injury near the nape of the neck, but the injury did not kill him, because he was healed before he died.
The team of researchers also found signs that his enamel had stopped growing twice when he was young, a sign of illness or nutritional deficiencies.
This project was jointly researched with the University of Dundee in Scotland, the goal was to find out more about the number of poor people who were the majority of those who died in the 13th century due to the plague , or later we Called the name Black Death.
We have very little information about the poor who died during the disaster, even though they occupied a great deal. The information we have is mostly about the rich, the elite of the society of that time.
This project is evaluated as "poor human culture in the past" , using science to find out what experiences of low-class people in society have had to overcome the hardship. towel.
This restoration is just one of the first studies published in the series of other studies of the project. The project is funded until the end of 2021, so we will see many other faces in addition to Object 958 in the future.