February 2020 Session – Facial Reconstruction

It’s has taken a while to get round to writing this blog piece but we cannot wait to tell you about what we did back in February!

Our Young Archaeologists had a great session exploring facial reconstruction. We learned all about reconstruction can help us to tell a person’s story and we got to put our own skills to the test using skin markers and everything!

This was really fun and exciting activity and we followed this guide to help us: https://www.yac-uk.org/activity/facial-reconstruction

Find out more about our skulls and stories below


Hairy was an outcast of the Caereni Tribe about two thousand years ago. He got thrown out at the age of 15 because someone did not like him. So he had a job to do which was to get food and water but the person who did not like him said that he would do his job but didn’t.

He has a lazy eye because he hit his head on a wall. When he was cast out when he was looking for a place to live he met someone else and built a small house. His friend died ten years later by breaking his legs in a hole and starved to death. Hairy died one year later from a fish by getting food poisoning.

Research, Reconstruction and Biography by YA Tristin


Spanish Pirate
Born: 1563, Spain
Died: 1602, hung by his ears

Captain of his ship, survived the Spanish Armada. His enemies captured him and would only let him go if he burned down his town, which he did. When his crew found out they turned against him and killed him.

Lost his eye due to his parrot, Squawk, flying and crashing into his face, leading his eye to fall out.

Before he died he sailed the Mediterranean Sea on his ship, the Sao Marcos, as a pirate.

Research, Reconstruction and Biography by YAs Maisie and Ailsa


Homer can be seen in the bottom left of this image.

This is Homer. Homer was a soldier serving under Henry Percy, the third Baron at the Battle of Neville’s Cross (1346). While his side took a victory, Homer was fatally injured by an axe to the right side of his jaw, and died of his injuries in the days after the battle.

Homer was only 19 at the time of his death and left behind no wife or children. Homer was a poor farmer from just outside Warkworth. He was 5’3″ tall, with brown hair and green eyes.

Research, Reconstruction and Biography by Leader Blythe


Vincent Disraeli lived in Stirling with his wife Rosemary (known as Rose), his son Ronald (known as Ron), his daughter Euphemia (known as Effie) and his two sole-spaniel dogs, Minerva and Alford.

He was an explorer and died in Loch Ness looking for the Loch Ness Monster. His boat capsized after huge wave knocked against the side of it. The cause f death was the boat oar going into his skull where splinters of wood became embedded in his brain. He was paralysed from the waist down but managed to pull himself up onto a rock where his body was found three days later.

He died from hyperthermia during the night due to the cold temperatures and the wet wet clothes. His family were informed the day after his body was found and they had a closed casket ceremony (due to the mess his head was in). He was then buried in Sunnyside Cemetery in the family plot with his parents.

A blurry picture was recovered from the boat wreck that was washed up on shore, and seemed yo resemble the mythical Loch Ness Monster, Nessie. Whether Vincent saw the creature before his death or if he was killed by the monster remains a mystery to this day. The events took place during the first half of the 19th Century.

Research, Reconstruction and Biography by YAs Amy and Caitlin

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