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FORENSICS > Archaeology skulls

360 degree views of archaeology skulls showing different effects of staining and damage.

Every skull is as individual as the person who once lived in it. All these skull photos show traces not only of their unique lives, but also the environment where there bones have rests for centuries. Different colours of staining, as well as mineral leeching and surface polish have occurred from the various Cambridgeshire soils in which they have rested.

  • The first skull (A044EH) is of a middle aged woman from 5th-7th Century AD, who reached middle age before death. Her almost child-like appearance is somewhat due to a disease issue, given her relatively large eyes and forehead to her other proportions.

  • Next are images of the skull (5723SJ), which has the jaw angle and eyebrow ridges typical of a man, whose gap in his front teeth would have been obvious in his appearance in life. He lived somewhere between the 12th-16th Century AD. The obvious break in the parietal bone (giving his skull a "pirate patch" appearance) happened after death, probably during soil shifting in the graveyard over centuries.

  • The photos of the skull (5082G) show the pronounced condiles (flares at the base of the jaw), which confirms him as male. He lived at some point in the 9th-11th Century AD. The skull surface shows significant damage from mineral leeching, as well as an actual shape of a plant root that pushed into and eroded the surface of the lower left parietal bone.

  • The final skull (653SJ) images show another male with prominent condiles and masculine jaw shape. His lived between 12th-16th Century AD. The fractures under the eye orbits follow a path of weakness in the zygomatic arch at the suture line with the maxilla. 

To aid study, each photo will form a full page image when clicked on. However, they are not available to download. Please contact the skeleton photographer at OSTEO PHOTO to ask for any commercial or non-study use of these images.

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