Archeological surveys, researches, excavations have made sure that immense knowledge is obtained about the past. There are paintings, there are artifacts, there are skeleton, there are scripts. Indeed the list is never ending. As of present there is being pursued amalgamation of the latest in technology with the reminisce of the past! This is pursued to ensure a clearer picture.
This has recently been done by the Archeologist at the British Museum. They fabricated the face of a man who was alive about 9,500 years ago. He was the residence of the primitive city of Jericho. The region is presently the West Bank region of Palestine. Back then, there was followed the practice of removing the skull from the corpse of the deceased person. The body was buried under the home, while the skull after plastering was displayed.
Where was this skull found?
The Jericho skull was found alongside with other plastered skulls. However, amidst all of them it was this which was best preserved. The latter indicates that, it belonged to a man with immense significance.
It will be interesting for the readers to know that the plastered skulls at that period of time where the early form of ritual burial.
The archeologist and the researcher could not reach to the conclusion as to why the skull was chosen to be plastered. They feel that it might be a way to remember them after death.
What was the process followed by the researchers?
- The researchers sent the skull to be scanned at the Imaging and Analysis Centre. This one is located at the National History Museum.
- Here a complete micro-CT scan was pursued.
- With the aid of the scan the researchers were able to create a 3D model.
What did the technology depict about the skull?
In accordance with the analysis,
- The skull was missing a jaw under the plaster.
- With the aid of the upper section of the mouth, they saw he had decayed teeth.
- He had a broken nose. This could have happened at any point of time in his life.
- His skull depicted signs of head binding- wherein the head is artificially shaped when the individual is still an infant to elongate it. The acumen may be associated with rendering good looks to the individual as he or she grows up.
What lies in the future for the same?
There is immense to look forward to with respect to the future. It is a probability that some significant information is gathered with the aid of the DNA sample.
In accordance with Fletcher-“If we were able to extract DNA from the human remains beneath the plaster, there is currently a very slight chance that we would be able to find out this individual’s hair and eye color,” . And again, there is the mention that since, the skull belongs to the ancient time, it is likely that not enough DNA preservation is possible.
But, hope is always there with respect to some novel step or tool, which will enable fabricating fresh paradigms and hence, benefit the mankind!
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