Faces from the Past - Putting Flesh on the Bones

Book before 30.11.2018 and receive a £20 discount (discount applied to price - was £145)

Location: The Gordons Museum of Pathology, Kings College London

  • Learn about the skills and techniques involved in reconstructing faces from the past
  • A day in the company of Britain’s two top experts on facial reconstruction, developers of the ‘Manchester technique’
  • Live demonstration of facial reconstruction
  • Small group of just 15

Faces from the ancient world fascinate us because we feel we are meeting real people, not just dry bones and dusty potsherds. Yet facial reconstruction – putting flesh back on the bones – is more than just an eye-catching display gizmo. In fact it has become a valuable aid for archaeologists, bringing together evidence from many different disciplines clearly and dramatically. 

The Study Day is led by Richard Neave and John Prag, pioneers in the field of reconstruction. Working with specialists in many disciplines and in many countries, they have together been responsible for developing facial reconstruction as an archaeological tool. Their most famous reconstructions include the face of Philip II of Macedon, father of Alexander the Great, and recently those very faces from Mycenae upon which Schliemann imagined he gazed...

"The lecture from Professor Prag and Richard Neave. Both informative with humour. Feeling that they both wanted and were interested in outside input. The practical session, on reconstruction, in the afternoon made it come alive. Our tour leader was helpful and efficient." Guest comment, 2016


  • Small Group

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Lunch - Lunch in a nearby restaurant
  3. Fact Sheet - Including background information about your Guide Lecturer, historical context for the Day, detailed itinerary, a suggested reading list and directions to the venue


Nov 1

The learning, which wasn't over my head, as I'd feared it might be! John and Richard were such good speakers, so experienced, so practised. The friendliness and informality of the whole day made it a really comfortable experience. Loved it. The venue made it all the more interesting and added to the variety; enjoyed the bit about the giant. The subject brought in so much more than I was expecting.

Guest, 2015

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What to expect 

  • An expert guide to accompany you throughout the Day
  • A mixture of lectures, practical demonstrations, handling sessions, guided tours and walks
  • Special access to museums, sites and galleries otherwise closed to the general public (where specified)
  • Small Groups 12-25 guests 
  • The company of like-minded people!
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