Faces from the Past - Putting Flesh on the Bones
Location: Warburg Institute, University of 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 16
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. Richard Neave and John Prag, working with specialists in many disciplines and in many countries, 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
10.00 - Guests report to reception at the Warburg Institute, University of London, Woburn Square. WC1H 0AB
10.15 - Lecture by Richard Neave on the technique of facial reconstruction and its development, and on forensic applications.
11.15 - Coffee/tea break
11.45 - Lecture by john Prag on historical applications of the technique, and its use both for museum display and as an archaeological tool.
12.45 - Buffet lunch at the Warburg Institute
13.45 - Viewing and discussion of anatomical reconstructions by Richard Neave which includes a demonstration
15.45 - Walk to the Birtish Museum to see the Jericho head
- Expert Guide Lecturer
- Lunch - Lunch in a nearby restaurant
- 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
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.
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