The archaeological contribution of forensic craniofacial reconstruction to a portrait drawing of a Korean historical figure

Won Joon Lee, A. Young Yoon, Mi Kyung Song, Caroline M. Wilkinson, Dong Hoon Shin (Lead / Corresponding author)

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    Abstract

    Craniofacial reconstruction (CFR) is a technique used to rebuild the living facial appearance onto a skull in order to recognise or identify an individual. This technique is primarily employed in forensic investigation, but also utilised in archaeological research to recreate the faces of paleontological and
    archaeological humans. In this study, the face of a 17th century historical figure from Korea was reconstructed utilising computerized tomography from the mummified remains. A geographic surface comparison programme was employed to evaluate the accuracy of the CFR produced using a three-
    dimensional computerized modelling system. Analysis of the facial tissue depth discrepancies demonstrated that the CFR may have acceptable resemblance to the living face of the historical individual. Using computerised graphic technology, the CFR outcome, along with the archaeological information about the hair style, ornaments, and dress discovered in the tomb, a portrait-styled in the typical drawing trend from the era was created. The research suggests that current CFR techniques can provide an accurate portrait drawing of historical figures in Korea.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)228-236
    Number of pages9
    JournalJournal of Archaeological Science
    Volume49
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2014

    Keywords

    • Archaeology
    • craniofacial reconstruction
    • APPROXIMATION
    • mummy
    • ACCURACY
    • quantitative
    • 3D computerized graphic
    • portrait

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