Medieval teen given face in Scotland

In 2009, the remains of nearly 400 people were discovered by workers for the Edinburgh Trams system in Leith, Scotland. Now forensics experts have given one of the individuals, a teenage boy, a face. (photos)

Archaeologists have spent the past five years analyzing the remains, believed to have been part of a long-forgotten section of the South Leith Parish Church's graveyard, in order to learn more about the city's medieval residents. Several of the bodies have been given facial reconstruction, including a teenage boy, whose remains were dated to near the founding of the cemetery in 1438, and a female plague victim.

"The forensic reconstructions have really helped to identify these remains as those of members of the public, rather than merely deeming them as archaeological remains, and how alike they are to modern day inhabitants of Leith and Edinburgh," said John Lawson, Edinburgh City Council archaeologist.