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Viking woman's face reconstructed

By T.K. Randall
April 14, 2011 · Comment icon 43 comments



Image Credit: Jason Vanderhill
Academics have managed to reconstruct the face of a viking woman by laser scanning her skull in 3d.
The project was organised by the owners of York's Jorvik Viking Centre to help bring the viking world to life. "I use the same sort of software as is used to create 3D animations in the film industry. I digitally created realistic eyes, hair and bonnet and added lighting to create a natural look," says researcher Janice Aitken.
Academics at Dundee University have helped recreate the face of a Viking woman whose skeleton was unearthed in York more than 30 years ago. The facial reconstruction was achieved by laser-scanning her skull to create a 3D digital model.


Source: BBC News | Comments (43)


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Comment icon #34 Posted by Eldorado 12 years ago
Comment icon #35 Posted by Lilly 12 years ago
With all due respect, if she's *hot* then I'm Miss America!
Comment icon #36 Posted by Dakras 12 years ago
What do you expect! Even the "Rich" had a surprisingly hard life in these times. Disease, death, and multiple children(nothing resembling contraception!) and the prospect that the children she had would be dead by the time they were five. The vikings raided and settled areas that were more fertile and had more resources because their homeland had only limited space and finite resources to support the population. Also I'm sure anyone seeing the more plentiful foodstuffs available would eat themselves bigger as an insurance against harder times.
Comment icon #37 Posted by sarah snow 12 years ago
No wonder they went off far on raids having to come home to that *chuckle* Made me larf I wonder what the men looked like? Has there ever been a reconstruction of a viking male skull? It's all really fascinating isn't it? I used to love that Julian Whatsisname's programme about meeting the ancestors, a few years back
Comment icon #38 Posted by Erowin 12 years ago
Why is the right side of her face drooping? No ones face droops that much unless they had a stroke or something, which they would not be able to tell from a skeleon. I'm always skeptical of facial reconstructions. They have the basic bone shape, but how would they know where the muscles should fit? Whoever did this should not have let her face look like it was melting
Comment icon #39 Posted by AliveInDeath 12 years ago
I bet she could beat up the guys these days.
Comment icon #40 Posted by Eldorado 12 years ago
Betcha Tiger Woods still would.
Comment icon #41 Posted by Swedish 12 years ago
I live in Sweden with Denmark, Copenhagen just across the water 20 km away. This reconstructed face wich claims to be a face of a women viking doesn´t not look like people in our countries. A foreigners face, I would like to say. This broad face with features wich are not nordic points in the direction that this women was a slave. Perhaps from a slavic country or maybe a celt, but definitly not a characterstic nordic face.
Comment icon #42 Posted by Eldorado 12 years ago
I live in Sweden with Denmark, Copenhagen just across the water 20 km away. This reconstructed face wich claims to be a face of a women viking doesn´t not look like people in our countries. A foreigners face, I would like to say. This broad face with features wich are not nordic points in the direction that this women was a slave. Perhaps from a slavic country or maybe a celt, but definitly not a characterstic nordic face. Helena Engman... Swedish Shot Putt Champion 2008... Photo Source: http://apb.se/ath/pic_events.php?pageNum_Recordset1=61&events=Swedish What was that about broad faces? ... [More]
Comment icon #43 Posted by Swedish 12 years ago
Hahaha, yes, a typical shot putter regardless were ever she come from. You can certainly find a lot of exceptions from the common picture of typical nordic people nowadays. Especially after the viking age because the movement to Scandinavia increased there after. As everywhere else, we are mixed with other peoples here in Scandinavia. But of course, the reconstructed women could have been a viking women but with features which doesn´t conform with the common picture of nordic people and especially not at that time. I bet she were a slave (scottish?)Probably the same thing with scottish people.... [More]


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