Putting the Pieces Together: Forensic Facial Reconstruction of “Jane”


As part of its analysis, a partial, fragmented skull, identified as evidence of cannibalism at Jamestown, Virginia, was scanned using computed tomography. Digitally created bone models of the disassembled pieces were oriented in anatomical position and missing portions of the skull were created through mirror imaging of the recovered bone. Technology used in medicine and industry to create bone models for surgeons, called additive manufacturing or 3D printing, was applied to create a complete physical model of the skull that formed the foundation for a forensic facial reconstruction. The finished form, a sculpted human likeness of the girl whose bones were found in the cellar, provides a visual bridge for translating new methods and current scientific findings to a broad audience while fostering dialogue on complicated and incompletely understood events in history.

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Putting the Pieces Together: Forensic Facial Reconstruction of “Jane”. Karin Bruwelheide, Douglas Owsley, Stephen Rouse. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437168)

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): SYM-62,04