The face of medieval Edinburgh

In 2009, archaeologists discovered the burial site of 400 14th century citizens of the Leith area of Edinburgh, Scotland. 30 skeletons were chosen for intense study, and now forensic artists have put faces to a few of the remains. (photo)

The study of the remains revealed the age, sex, build and pathology of the people, showing them shorter than average for the time, and consuming less fish. A team of experts from Dundee University reconstructed the faces. "The results have shed new light on the lives of the medieval population in one of Scotland's largest and most important ports, said John Lawson, city archaeologist. "It has allowed us to highlight the lives of the ordinary person in Leith, by putting a face to these individuals and showing how they lived and died."