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Posted on 05/20/2010 4:52:50 AM PDT by Beowulf9
FACE OF STERLING CASTLE WARRIOR RECONSTRUCTED
The skeleton of the knight was discovered during refurbishment work A reconstruction has revealed the face of a medieval knight whose skeleton was discovered at Stirling Castle. Experts are now attempting to discover the identity of the warrior, who is likely to have been killed in the 13th or 14th Century.
The skeleton is one of 10 excavated from the site of a lost royal chapel at the castle. The skeleton of a woman was found near the knight.
Forensic anthropologist Professor Sue Black is leading the investigation.
It is believed the knight could have been killed during Scotland's Wars of Independence with England. Techniques have advanced a long way and we can now tell much more about where people came from, their lifestyles and causes of death Dr Jo Buckberry University of Bradford.
The castle changed hands several times and scientific tests have been used to work out whether the knight might have been a Scot, an Englishman or even French.
Efforts by Prof Black, of Dundee University, to find out more about the warrior's life and death will be featured in BBC Two's History Cold Case series on Thursday.
Richard Strachan, senior archaeologist with Historic Scotland, said the facial reconstruction gives a "powerful impression" of what the knight may have looked like.
"He was a very strong and fit nobleman, with the physique of a professional rugby player, who would have been trained since boyhood to handle heavy swords and other weapons and who would have spent a great deal of time on horseback," he said.
'Unusual' group Historic Scotland, which cares for the castle, has announced it is commissioning further research to find out more about the 10 skeletons, which include two infants.
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Biological anthropologist Dr Jo Buckberry, of the University of Bradford, is part of the team which will carry out the research.
She said: "Techniques have advanced a long way since the skeletons were discovered in 1997 and we can now tell much more about where people came from, their lifestyles and causes of death.
"This group is highly unusual, because of where and when the people were buried, suggesting that they might have been socially important and have died during extreme events such as sieges."
The facial reconstruction and other research results, will feature in a permanent exhibition due to open at Stirling Castle next spring. History Cold Case -
Stirling Man is being shown on BBC2 Scotland at 2100 BST on Thursday.
knight seen in light of a new day...ping
the good knight did not go gently ....
Dylan Thomas ping.
Hey, thanks. That was cool. I don’t know how to post pics. He’s right handsome, but I wonder if he would’nt have had long hair.
My guess is plague victims, since the group included women and infants........................
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It’s Woody Harrelson!
They can’t do hair with skull measurements.
This is fascinating stuff. A face from 700 years ago.
He does look stoned...
Considering the diet at the time, I think they added some 21st century poundage on that knight.
He looks like a typical hooligan attending a Manchester United match. Talk about a closed gene pool!
Not guilty. rofl
He looks like a Scot IMO. Very high cheek bones.
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He’s not one of ours...to ugly. (We’re a handsome clan)
Gosh, he looks like my son!!!!
You could be right...but he could be Anglo Saxon. Does not look terribly Celtic...perhaps a bit Pictish.
I would’ve pinged you but I don’t know how. How?
He’s sort of cute, but he doesn’t look like a scholar.
“Gosh, he looks like my son!!!!”
Well, see that! Maybe he’s related:)
Fascinating. I visited Stirling Castle in the late 1960s. I really love this stuff.
My maiden name is an old English name, so we might be!
Good Looking Man
One thing I’d love to see added to the software around here would be to be to have a “to” box on the originating post of a topic, so I could post a new topic, ping everyone at the same time, and then get goin’. But anyway, no harm done.
This guy and his clan probably kicked your clan out for bein’ so purty. ;’)
He's the one dead, we ain't!
Most knights were big men, having to carry the weight of the armor they wore. They were also quite healthy, being of higher rank than others.
Clydesdales, Percherons and other draft horses were developed to carry the knight and his armor, as well as armor of their own, when going into battle.
Can you imagine wearing that amount of armor and not a McDonald’s withing riding distance.
Sorry, but that’s a fallacy. The armor seen in museums and private collections are small for a reason. They were shown to the knights as samples, and then the armor was built to fit the knight. History Channel leaves a lot to be desired.
A small man could not carry the weight of the armor needed in battle (remember it was IRON) and still move as deftly as war demanded. They also had to carry shields and broadswords, neither of which could be wielded by small men.
Knights were the best-fed, best-paid athletes of their day. They were not small and thin, or they could not have done what they did. And a lot of them outlived their contemporaries due to the better food and life-style.
Some were killed in wars, but for the most part, knights were awesome men. They were called knights, because they were knighted by the King and given the title “Sir.” This, too, was because of their prowess and bravery in wartime.
They fleshed him out according to his build and his ethnic background. If he looks like a soccer hooligan to you, perhaps he is the ancestor of some.
And again, the “fighting machines” at the time had to be big, healthy, agile and have a lot of stamina to do the things they did.
“Chlanna nan con thigibh a so’s gheibh sibh feoil”
I’d like extra gravy on that thankyou.
Clan Cameron War Cry: “Chlanna nan con thigibh a so’s gheibh sibh feoil”
(Sons of the hounds, come here and get flesh.)
During the Cromwell rebellion in England the Protestants overthrowing the nobility were called “round heads” because they cut their hair short.
Aye. We’re all kin, laddie. Or lassie. :)
Looks like a bigger version of Drew Brees!
It’s Laddie. A little. Native American, Irish, Welsh and Scot with some German thrown in.
I always hoped I was related to William Wallace. LOL!
It’s a great combination! :)
They should have filmed “Dark Shadows” there.
;’) He came in second, your guy was third. ;’)