Wellington, July 9 (ANI): Scientists have reconstructed the face of a 2500-year-old Turkish peasant.
University of Otago researchers refined procedures they had previously used on an Egyptian mummy to reconstruct the skull of the woman whose full skeleton was found during an archaeological dig in Keltepe, near the site of the ruins of the ancient merchant city of Kanesh.
According to the New Zealand Herald, the face was reconstructed with silicone skin, real hair, and eyes, which have been aged with red veins.
The woman is believed to have been between 35 and 50 when she died.
Her teeth were in a perfect state at a time when teeth were cleaned with sticks.
A mathematical model was created with Associate Professor I.M Premachandra, of the department of finance and qualitative analysis, to provide accurate soft tissue facial depths, based on bone measurements.
Scientists hope that this technology could one day be used in courts as evidence, just as a fingerprint.
The reconstructed face is on display this weekend at Otago University's St David Street Lecture Theatre and will go on permanent display in Istanbul this year. (ANI)