Portrait of a wealthy Roman

After nearly 2000 years, a wealthy Roman citizen whose remains were discovered 18 years ago in Caerleon, near Newport, Wales, has a face. (portrait)

The skeleton has been on display in the National Roman Legion Museum in Caerleon since 2002, and has attracted visitors to the site, leading museum officials to search for a way to personalize the man behind the bones. A number of scientific analyses were conducted, including isotype analysis on the enamel of one of the skeleton's teeth and a look at burial techniques. Most dramatic of all, however, was a facial reconstruction which shows a man who was a native of the local area and was also important, perhaps a merchant. A portrait was also created using Roman methods.