Using the latest technology, experts have produced a portrait of the man whose skeleton was discovered 18 years ago in Caerleon, near Newport. The image of the Roman citizen was presented at the National Museum of the Roman Legion in Carleon last Thursday.
The remains, which date from approximately AD 200, were discovered by builders working on the Newport University campus in November 1995. Analysis showed that the skeleton was that of a man in his 40s.
Since the remains were exhibited in 2002The skeleton has become one of the museum's most popular exhibits, so the staff decided to find out more about the man and create a portrait in his honor. Efforts to build the image of her face began 3 years ago.
First, the scientists conducted a isotope analysis on the enamel of the skeleton's teeth, which revealed that the man had spent his childhood in the Newport area.
The museum's official curator, Dr. Mark Lewis, explained that the man lived in Carleon when the Roman fortress was at its peak, after 125 years. He also revealed some curious facts, such as “the fact that the man had been buried and not cremated, as was the custom. What we can learn from this data is that he could have been a very wealthy merchant who supplied the fortress with food or a high position in its administration. He may even have served in the army and returned to Wales to retire”.
The fact that the investigation revealed that the man was a native of the local area it's also important, said Dr. Lewis. "Perhaps your mother or grandmother married a Roman soldier, or perhaps your father was a soldier and followed him into the army”.
To get a face image, the skull was scanned to create a 3D digital model. Once this was done, the scientists reconstructed the missing areas of the skull and carried out a facial reconstruction. As the museum wanted to hang a portrait of the Roman in its gallery, the curator and artist Penny Hill of the National Museum of Wales decided to get involved in the project.
Mrs. Hill, an expert in the materials used and the artistic conventions used in Roman paintings, explained that they used a technique called "encaustic”, Which implied the use of wax paints.
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