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Ansiktsrekonstruktion: Mannen från den medeltida kyrkoruinen S:t Hans, Visby
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Archaeology.
2019 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesis [Artistic work]Alternative title
Facial reconstruction : The man from the medieval church ruin of St. Hans, Visby. (English)
Abstract [en]

Facial reconstructions, like archaeology, consists of many layers that one must get through to

understand the whole picture. The development of the methods that reconstructions rely on,

occurred during the 20th century. By focusing on the various elements such as studies of

tissue depth, chemical processes (DNA and isotope analysis), solid craftsmanship and the

development of computer technology, researchers around the world have been able to build a

method that can give us an extended understanding of history. However, a lot of opinions

have risen for the subject, people begin to question it ́s accuracy and what the real purpose

really is. Besides the reliability of facial reconstruction, the experience of how a facial

reconstruction is perceived by another person is equally important, the ethical principles have

been brought up to discussion because it involves human remains. Discussions may occur

during cases when facial reconstructions are inevitable, one example could be with minority

groups that have a different view on how a body should be handled and treated after death.

These scenarios are more likely to develop in the identification in forensic contexts, but the

problem may also increase in archaeological contexts if the remains are from more recent

times and the individuals as a population group has suffered repression. Therefore, this paper

aims to discuss such questions but also embark on a mission to perform a facial reconstruction

of an individual from the medieval church of St. Hans and the challenges that may occur

during the way. The American method used in this essay shows that you can get a good result

by following the instructions and guidelines that are displayed in various books and articles.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 52
Keywords [en]
Facial reconstruction, ethical issues, American method, genetics, biometric data
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History and Archaeology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-386062DOI: 386062OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-386062DiVA, id: diva2:1326819
Subject / course
Archaeology
Educational program
Master’s Programme in the Humanities – Archaeology
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2019-06-05, Campus Gotland, Uppsala universitet, Cramérgatan 3, 621 57 Visby, 17:06 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2019-06-19 Created: 2019-06-18 Last updated: 2019-06-19Bibliographically approved

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