I’d like to think I’m pretty smart, but there’s no way in hell I’m even close to being smart enough to unveil the facial features of a man who was living over 700 years ago—nope, that’s no typo, guys.
Thanks to the work of archaeologists from the University of Cambridge, the face of the man—known as “Context 958″—was able to be digitally recreated with the help of forensic artists at the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification at the University of Dundee in Scotland.
The man, who was among about 400 skeletons found underneath St John’s College in Cambridge in 2012, is believed to have died between the age of 40 and 70, with researchers saying that, while he wasn’t believed to be wealthy, his diet shows signs of someone who had a “protein-rich diet”—which is something one with money would have had.
Added study lead, Professor John Robb:
“He was probably an inmate of the Hospital of St John, which was a charitable institution which provided food and a place to live for a dozen or so indigent townspeople.”
“We can’t say what job specifically he did, but he was a working class person, perhaps with a specialized trade of some kind.”
“One interesting feature is that he had a diet relatively rich in meat or fish, which may suggest that he was in a trade or job which gave him more access to these foods than a poor person might have normally had.”
We may have all wanted to skip science classes as kids, but, for some of those who stuck with it, they were part of something super cool and interesting like this—which makes me more than a little jealous.