Scientists Recreate Faces Of People Who Lived Centuries Ago, And Some May Surprise You

When we look for physical representations of people from the pre-photography past, the only remaining options we have are either the grim skeletal remains or barely detailed and imprecise artistic depictions. Some artists try to reimagine what a certain queen or medieval peasant might’ve looked like, but their vision and imagination is limited to their own times. However, technology has advanced to the levels where we can employ science to accurately depict what people of the past looked like, as if they were alive today.

We had compiled a list of various reconstructions that give us a fascinating glimpse into the past. Scroll down to check them out and don’t forget to comment and vote on your favorites!

Bored Panda has compiled a list of various reconstructions that give us a fascinating glimpse of the past. Scroll down to check them out and don’t forget to comment and vote on your favorites!

 

Henry IV Of France

Henry IV Of France

Henry IV of France was King of France from 1589 to 1610, when we was assassinated by a fanatical Catholic. He was also known as Good King Henry for his great concern about the welfare of his subjects. Philippe Froesch created a CGI 3D forensic facial reconstruction of Henry, using his skull as a base.

 

Meritamun

Meritamun

The 2,000 year old mummy known as ‘Meritamun’ was brought back to life using the latest technology. Scientists from the University of Melbourne used her skull to determine that Meritamun was between the ages of 18 and 25, stood about 5 feet 4 inches tall and was anaemic. Unfortunately, they couldn’t find the cause of death since the rest of her body was never recovered. To reconstruct Meritamun’s face, the researchers…

 

Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750) was a composer and musician of the Baroque period, who is regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time. Scottish anthropologist Caroline Wilkinson took measurements of Bach’s facial bones to recreate a 3D image of what the composer’s face must’ve looked like.

 

King Tut’s Biological Mother, Likely Nefertiti
King Tut
DNA tests revealed that a mummy known as “the Younger Lady” is the sister of Akhenaten (Tut’s father) and mother of Tutankhamun. While its identity hasn’t been fully determined, many believe that the remains belong to Queen Nefertiti, Akhenaten’s Great Royal Wife. Paleoartist Élisabeth Daynès used the scan of “the Younger Lady” to reconstruct a bust of the Egyptian queen.
Maximilien De Robespierre
Maximilien De Robespierre
Maximilien de Robespierre was a French politician and lawyer, best known for his role in the French Revolution (1789 – 1799) and the Reign of Terror. He was executed by guillotine on July 28, 1794 at the age of 36.

Scientists used his death mask, as well as historical records detailing Robespierre’s medical history to reconstruct his face and determine the illnesses he suffered.