Depicting the Dead – craniofacial analysis for forensic identification and archaeological investigation

A session at Skeptics on the Fringe 2013

Wednesday 21st August, 2013

7:50pm to 8:50pm (GMT)

Facial Anthropology is the science of human faces. Traditionally facial reconstruction has involved the analysis of skeletal and/or soft tissue detail to determine facial morphology. Facial reconstruction is not a method of identification, rather a tool for recognition; to produce a list of names from which the individual may then be identified by other legally accepted methods of identification.

Caroline’s focus for the last 10 years, has been to attempt to increase the accuracy of facial reconstruction methods by analysing the relationships between the soft and hard tissues of the face, in order to assess old and create new standards for practical use. This research has employed anthropometry, photogrammetry, clinical imaging, human dissection, surface scanning, face pool identification, volunteer resemblance assessments, skeletal assessment and automated statistical models.

Professor Caroline M. Wilkinson is the Professor of Craniofacial Identification at the University of Dundee. She is best known for her work in forensic facial reconstruction, and has been a contributor to many television programmes on the subject as well as the creator of a reconstructed head of King Richard III of England. Wilkinson holds a PhD in Facial Anthropology from the University of Manchester (2000) and first became known to television audiences as a result of her regular appearances in the BBC series Meet the Ancestors.[3] She is President of the British Association of Human Identification (BAHId) and author of several works on the subject of facial reconstruction.

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Professor of Craniofacial Identification at the University of Dundee

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Time 7:50pm8:50pm GMT

Date Wed 21st August 2013

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