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Face of mystery medieval knight revealed

Posted on Wednesday, 19 May, 2010 | Comment icon 12 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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The face of a medieval knight who died 700 years ago has been revealed through the use of forensic techniques.

A team at Dundee University were able to piece together what the knight would have looked like through analysis of his skeleton which was discovered underneath the floor of a chapel at Stirling castle in Scotland.

"The battle-scarred face of a medieval knight who was killed some 700 years ago has been revealed with the help of forensic skills employed in popular TV shows such as CSI."

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Comment icon #3 Posted by Junkers88 on 19 May, 2010, 15:45
What I found the most amazing was that (according to the article) the guy was only in his 20's and had already survived an arrow to the chest, that left the head lodged in there, and an axe blow to the fore head. Dang that's a rough life. I also found it interesting to read that a warhammer will leave neat square holes in a skull.
Comment icon #4 Posted by lotsocats100 on 19 May, 2010, 20:57
I've read that boys as young as 10 went to war in those days. If they could lift a weapon, they were sent, so this knight would have been a seasoned veteran.
Comment icon #5 Posted by meankitty on 19 May, 2010, 23:38
Wow, that's pretty neat.
Comment icon #6 Posted by expandmymind on 20 May, 2010, 6:06
cool. i was just about to post this as well. he looks like a guy i used to go to school with. a guy who also happens to look like wayne rooney.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Samuronin on 20 May, 2010, 11:02
Yup, he does resemble Shrek a bit..
Comment icon #8 Posted by susieice on 20 May, 2010, 13:48
Puts a bit of a face to history.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Rhomphaia on 20 May, 2010, 20:32
Life was hard back then, exceptionally so for fighting men. Most knights started training in childhood and often had seen their first battle as a knight by the age of sixteen. Even before that there were rough trials that could kill or disable them. Especially in France and Germany, many of a squire's trials were designed around the concept of 'if they survive intact, they pass'. While not typical of knights Europe-wide, most traditions of training included one or two trials that incorporated survival as passing the test. I am actually survived this guy didn't have MORE woun... [More]
Comment icon #10 Posted by ...:::*ArorA*:::... on 21 May, 2010, 3:08
Analysis of the skeleton, which was unearthed in 1997, reveals that when he died the man was in his 20s, was around 5ft 7in and 'very strong and fit, with the physique of a professional rugby player'. Sounds like my type of man
Comment icon #11 Posted by kirstylou on 23 May, 2010, 20:42
Is anyone else in the UK?!?!? I totally miss Meet The Ancestors.... that was one cool program for facial reconstruction of previous ancestors which are unearthed..... it is rather neat to find out what our past relatives looked like He must have had a right headache mind
Comment icon #12 Posted by Isensee on 26 May, 2010, 7:01
I was going to comment "Hm, he didn't look half bad" but then the pictures of Shrek began appearing and I changed my mind. However, it does look like quite the warrior! Thick head was a requirement back then, I suppose.

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