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    Post Anglo-Saxon Princess Shows Face

    State-of-the-art forensic techniques have been used to reconstruct the face of an Anglo-Saxon woman who had similar status to a modern princess.

    The woman, nicknamed "Mrs Getty" after the oil mogul for the 500 precious objects buried with her, was one of 219 bodies unearthed in Gloucestershire.

    Mrs Getty, who died in the 6th Century, was surrounded by gilt bronze brooches, amber beads, silver and ivory rings.

    Anthropologist Caroline Wilkinson made the painstaking facial reconstruction.



    Dr Wilkinson, of Manchester University, is an anthropologist who has worked with the police and is a familiar face on the BBC's Ancestors programme.

    A reconstruction of the woman in her coffin, complete with clothes, grave goods and hair, will appear at a permanent gallery at the Corinium Museum in Cirencester.

    Mrs Getty's grave was discovered at an archaeological dig in 1985 at Butler's Field in Lechlade, Gloucestershire. The site is thought to have been used continuously during the Anglo-Saxon period.

    Judy Mills of Corinium Museum told The Daily Telegraph newspaper:

    "We know that she was between 25 and 30, but we don't know what she died of. She had by far the richest grave with almost 500 precious objects buried with her.

    "She also had a wooden coffin with stones packed around it. This meant she held very high status. The big square-headed brooch on her shoulder is a very rare find. It tells us she was important."

    Facial reconstruction work is used by forensic scientists to trace missing persons and in surgical reconstruction.

    Forensic artists reconstruct the face in clay using clues from the shape of the skull. They are also guided by standard tissue depths around the head which have been calculated from measurements on historic humans.

    Some features, such as the shape of the eyes, ears and lips are based on a certain amount of educated guesswork.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/3556716.stm

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    Re: Anglo-Saxon 'princess' shows face

    *bump*





    Anyone care to classify Mrs Getty?
    Last edited by Ealhswið; Saturday, September 16th, 2006 at 12:54 AM.

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    Re: Anglo-Saxon 'princess' shows face

    I don't think face reconstructions are near 100% accurate.

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    AW: Re: Anglo-Saxon 'princess' shows face

    Quote Originally Posted by Hildegard View Post
    *bump*



    Anyone care to classify Mrs Getty?
    If this is the face of a princess then I am the emperor of China!

    Btw why not classify Dr. Wilkinson as well:


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    Re: Anglo-Saxon 'princess' shows face

    Looks more like an egyptian male than any english princess.

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    Re: Anglo-Saxon 'princess' shows face

    Quote Originally Posted by nicholas View Post
    Looks more like an egyptian male than any english princess.

    Come on, what's wrong with her? Don't like the haircut? I guess she is some kind of Cro-magnid with quite weird nose shape.

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    Re: AW: Re: Anglo-Saxon 'princess' shows face

    Quote Originally Posted by Pervitinist View Post
    If this is the face of a princess then I am the emperor of China!
    O Glorious Son of Heaven!
    It's not the best reconstruction, everyone will agree, but I think we can just about see a rather familiarly English looking face beneath it.

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    Re: AW: Re: Anglo-Saxon 'princess' shows face

    Quote Originally Posted by Oswiu View Post
    O Glorious Son of Heaven!
    It's not the best reconstruction, everyone will agree, but I think we can just about see a rather familiarly English looking face beneath it.
    Well then perhaps I am wrong. Course when I hear the word princess I think lithe, blond, young girl just old enough to know how to please a man.

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    Re: AW: Re: Anglo-Saxon 'princess' shows face

    Quote Originally Posted by nicholas View Post
    Well then perhaps I am wrong. Course when I hear the word princess I think lithe, blond, young girl just old enough to know how to please a man.
    Meh, blame modern beauty standards for that. Back in the 6th century, who knows what was considered attractive - I doubt that she was though. In the Renaissance, for instance, the Keltic-Nordid type of woman (and man) were the ideal aristocrat and seen as handsome. Marie-Antoinette is an example of her time's most prized type of beauty (blonde too. ). In any case, royalty/nobility cannot always be associated with beauty. Not nowadays anyway, and I doubt any time in the Dark Ages...

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    Re: Anglo-Saxon 'princess' shows face

    Quote Originally Posted by Hildegard View Post
    *bump*





    Anyone care to classify Mrs Getty?
    Reconstruction of the nose is impossible with a skull this lacking.

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