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The archaeological contribution of forensic craniofacial reconstruction to a portrait drawing of a Korean historical figure

Lee, WJ and Yoon, AY and Song, MK and Wilkinson, CM and Shin, DH (2014) The archaeological contribution of forensic craniofacial reconstruction to a portrait drawing of a Korean historical figure. Jouranl of Archaelogical Science, 49. ISSN 0305-4403

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Abstract

Craniofacial reconstruction (CFR) is a technique used to rebuild the living facial appearance onto a skull in order to recognise or identify an individual. This technique is primarily employed in forensic investigation, but also utilised in archaeological research to recreate the faces of paleontological and archaeological humans. In this study, the face of a 17th century historical figure from Korea was reconstructed utilising computerized tomography from the mummified remains. A geographic surface comparison programme was employed to evaluate the accuracy of the CFR produced using a three-dimensional computerized modelling system. Analysis of the facial tissue depth discrepancies demonstrated that the CFR may have acceptable resemblance to the living face of the historical individual. Using computerised graphic technology, the CFR outcome, along with the archaeological information about the hair style, ornaments, and dress discovered in the tomb, a portrait-styled in the typical drawing trend from the era was created. The research suggests that current CFR techniques can provide an accurate portrait drawing of historical figures in Korea.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2101 Archaeology, 0402 Geochemistry
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Q Science > QM Human anatomy
Divisions: Liverpool School of Art and Design
Publisher: Elsevier
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Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2017 10:00
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2017 23:15
DOI or Identification number: 10.1016/j.jas.2014.05.022
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/5343

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