When we look for physical representations of people from the pre-photography past, the only remaining options we have are either the grim skeletal remains or barely detailed and imprecise artistic depictions. Some artists try to reimagine what a certain queen or medieval peasant might've looked like, but their vision and imagination is limited to their own times. However, technology has advanced to the levels where we can employ science to accurately depict what people of the past looked like, as if they were alive today.


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Bored Panda has compiled a list of various reconstructions that give us a fascinating glimpse into the past. Scroll down to check them out and don't forget to comment and vote on your favorites!

Bored Panda has compiled a list of various reconstructions that give us a fascinating glimpse of the past. Scroll down to check them out and don't forget to comment and vote on your favorites!

#1 Henry IV Of France

Henry IV Of France

Henry IV of France was King of France from 1589 to 1610, when we was assassinated by a fanatical Catholic. He was also known as Good King Henry for his great concern about the welfare of his subjects. Philippe Froesch created a CGI 3D forensic facial reconstruction of Henry, using his skull as a base.

TheCGBros Report

Daria Zotova 1 week ago

Looks more like a loving uncle :D

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#2 Ava

Ava

Ava was a Bronze-Age woman who died 3,700 years ago. She was found in an unusual grave for her time. Instead of being buried in soil, like others, Ava's final resting place was carved in solid rock, which suggested that she was special. Scottish archaeologist Maya Hoole and forensic artist Hew Morrison teamed up to recreate Ava's face using sophisticated software and tissue depth charts.

Hew Morrison Report

Tomatoe 1 week ago

I had to go and browse the possibility of determining one's hair and eye color, based on skeletal remains. Apparently, it works, albeits only if DNA is sufficiently preserved. Above limit of skeleton "age" is about 800 years. So this red hair and mountain spring eyes are a bit of poetic interpretation, but beautiful none the less.

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#3 Meritamun

Meritamun

The 2,000 year old mummy known as 'Meritamun' was brought back to life using the latest technology. Scientists from the University of Melbourne used her skull to determine that Meritamun was between the ages of 18 and 25, stood about 5 feet 4 inches tall and was anaemic. Unfortunately, they couldn't find the cause of death since the rest of her body was never recovered. To reconstruct Meritamun's face, the researchers... Read More

The 2,000 year old mummy known as 'Meritamun' was brought back to life using the latest technology. Scientists from the University of Melbourne used her skull to determine that Meritamun was between the ages of 18 and 25, stood about 5 feet 4 inches tall and was anaemic. Unfortunately, they couldn't find the cause of death since the rest of her body was never recovered. To reconstruct Meritamun's face, the researchers used medical research, forensic science, computerized tomographic (CT) scanning, 3D printing, Egyptology and art.

The University of Melbourne Report

Desi Platias 1 week ago

wow,pretty

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#4 500-Year-Old Dubliner

500-Year-Old Dubliner

Back in 2014, archaelogists recovered remains of a man who died about 500 years ago. He was one of 4 sets of skeletons found, all of which showed signs of childhood malnutrition and heavy manual labor, which suggests that all of them were poor. As one of the skulls was well preserved, they used it to reconstruct what the man looked like 500 years ago.

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Laugh Fan 1 week ago

Except he wouldn't have looked so well or so well cared for if suffering with malnutrition and the effects of long term heavy manual labour. Sad.

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#5 Nicolaus Copernicus

Nicolaus Copernicus

Copernicus was one the brightest Renaissance-era mathematicians and astronomers, who formulated a model of the universe that placed the Sun rather than the Earth at the center of the universe. He died at the age of 70. A Polish forensic team reconstructed this face from his remains.

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Nancy Seton 1 week ago

Looks a bit like the tv version of Maester Aemon (Targaryen). Also like Maester Luwin.

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#6 Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750) was a composer and musician of the Baroque period, who is regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time. Scottish anthropologist Caroline Wilkinson took measurements of Bach's facial bones to recreate a 3D image of what the composer's face must've looked like.

Caroline Wilkinson Report

casey 1 week ago

In the words of Leonard Cohen, "We may be ugly but we have the music".

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#7 Early Neolithic Stonehenge Man

Early Neolithic Stonehenge Man

The reconstruction of an early Neolithic man's head was based on the skeleton of an adult male excavated in 1863, in Winterbourne Stoke, Wiltshire. Experts used skeletal analysis to recreate what a slender man in his 40's looked like about 5,500 ago, 500 years before the first monument at Stonehenge was built.

Clare Kendall / English Heritage Report

Walter Cheego 1 week ago

Looks more like Neolithic Jim Carrey Jim-Carrey...36385f.jpg Jim-Carrey-5b1ecfb36385f.jpg

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#8 Jane Of Jamestown

Jane Of Jamestown

Jane was a young girl (14-years-old) who was eaten by her 17th century Jamestown co-settlers. Her mutilated skull and severed leg bone were found in 2012, among butchered animal bones and other food remains, in a Jamestown cellar. Dr. Douglas Owsley, chief forensic anthropologist at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, examined the bones and determined that the cuts and marks on them were from an attempt to... Read More

Jane was a young girl (14-years-old) who was eaten by her 17th century Jamestown co-settlers. Her mutilated skull and severed leg bone were found in 2012, among butchered animal bones and other food remains, in a Jamestown cellar. Dr. Douglas Owsley, chief forensic anthropologist at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, examined the bones and determined that the cuts and marks on them were from an attempt to seperate tissue and brain from the bones. Owsley concluded that it was a case of cannibalism as marks were consistent with other cases of cannibalism and the fact that the people of Jamestown were starving during the winter of 1609-1610.

Don Hurlbert, Smithsonian Report

Nadja Lambacher 1 week ago

Looks a bit mature for a 14 year old. But maybe those were different times.

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#9 King Tut's Biological Mother, Likely Nefertiti

King Tut's Biological Mother, Likely Nefertiti

DNA tests revealed that a mummy known as "the Younger Lady" is the sister of Akhenaten (Tut's father) and mother of Tutankhamun. While its identity hasn't been fully determined, many believe that the remains belong to Queen Nefertiti, Akhenaten's Great Royal Wife. Paleoartist Élisabeth Daynès used the scan of "the Younger Lady" to reconstruct a bust of the Egyptian queen.

Expedition Unknown Report

Jessica-May 1 week ago

Why the long face?

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#10 Maximilien De Robespierre

Maximilien De Robespierre

Maximilien de Robespierre was a French politician and lawyer, best known for his role in the French Revolution (1789 - 1799) and the Reign of Terror. He was executed by guillotine on July 28, 1794 at the age of 36.

Scientists used his death mask, as well as historical records detailing Robespierre's medical history to reconstruct his face and determine the illnesses he suffered.

Several clinical signs were described by contemporary witnesses:... Read More

Maximilien de Robespierre was a French politician and lawyer, best known for his role in the French Revolution (1789 - 1799) and the Reign of Terror. He was executed by guillotine on July 28, 1794 at the age of 36.

Scientists used his death mask, as well as historical records detailing Robespierre's medical history to reconstruct his face and determine the illnesses he suffered.

Several clinical signs were described by contemporary witnesses: vision problems, nose bleeds (“he covered his pillow of fresh blood each night”), jaundice (“yellow colored skin and eyes”), asthenia (“continuous tiredness”), recurrent leg ulcers, and frequent facial skin diseases associated with scars of a previous smallpox infection. Historians speculate that he suffered from sarcoidosis. He also had permanent eye and mouth twitching. The symptoms worsened between 1790 and 1794. The day before his beheading, Robespierre suffered a firearm wound to the jaw in dubious circumstances.

Philippe CharlierEmail, Philippe Froesch Report

Desi Platias 1 week ago

good grief!His life was against him!

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