The Beachy Head Lady Reconstructed

By on February 17th, 2014 in research

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The Daily Mail reports on an ancient skull being reconstructed with modern 3D technology. 
The so-called “Beachy Head Lady”, found in England in 1953 near the cliff of Beach Head. It is believed to be from a lady who lived in the middle of the Roman period in Britain, around 245 AD. 
Researchers investigating the skull employed a variety of analytic techniques, including isotopic analysis, for example. But it is always telling to rebuild the face as it appeared so many centuries ago. 
We find this interesting because it demonstrates a key ability of 3D scanning printing: replication. In this case, the skull could not be used as model on which the face could be rebuilt. If that were the case, the skull could no longer be used for further analyses. Instead, a scan and print of the skull can produce a duplicate that can become the base for the face rebuild. 
Or more. Why stop with one? Such a scan can be instantly transmitted to researchers around the world. 
When a thing is digital, it is infinite. 
Via Daily Mail