Face of skeleton found near Trinity is digitally reconstructed

Scientists believe he grew up in Dublin during the Tudor period

Face of skeleton found near Trinity is digitally reconstructed

Tudor skeleton

The face of a male skeleton found outside Trinity College during Luas Cross City works in 2014, has been digitally reconstructed.

Scientists believe he grew up in Dublin during the Tudor period and was a poor man who worked manually.

Back in July 2014, archaeologists from Rubicon Heritage uncovered a series of burials at College Green in Dublin.

A total of five burials were identified within a utilities trench located just north of the main entrance to Trinity College.

Two of the burials were fully excavated, while the remaining three were only partially excavated as they extended beyond the limits of the utilities trench.  

Burials at College Green: Rubicon Heritage Services Ltd.

Since the skull of the adult burial was well preserved, a 3D Digital Facial Reconstruction was commissioned.

It was carried out by using established forensic anthropology methodologies by Professor Caroline Wilkinson and her team at Face Lab, Liverpool John Moore’s University.

The first stage of this process was to create a 3D scan of the skull which then formed the basis of the digital reconstruction.

Using well-established marker points and specialised software the main facial muscles, soft tissue and skin were layered onto the digitised model of the skull.

Head of Archaeology & Heritage at Transport Infrastructure Ireland, Ronan Swan, says they were able to construct a profile of the man.

Digital facial reconstruction of Tudor Dubliner with intermediate modelling stages shown on left (Liverpool John Moore’s University for Rubicon Heritage Services Ltd.)