Depicting the Dead: facial depiction for forensic identification and archaeological investigation.

By Professor Caroline Wilkinson

Professor Wilkinson is currently Director of Liverpool School of Art & Design and Director of Face Lab at the Liverpool John Moores University. Her research is a fusion of art and science and focuses on craniofacial analysis, depiction of the dead and facial recognition for identification.

She is author of Forensic Facial Reconstruction and co-editor of Craniofacial Identification, she was the first woman President of the International Association of Craniofacial identification (IACI) in 2008 and is the only craniofacial expert to be accredited by the Royal Anthropological Institute as a Level I Forensic Anthropologist. Her research team have reconstructed the faces of key historical figures, such as Richard III, Mary Queen of Scots, J.S. Bach, St Nicolas and Arsinoe, sister of Cleopatra.

What does our face tell us about our identity and can we also determine these details from the skull? This presentation will describe how skulls and faces reveal our identity and the level of accuracy associated with these assessments.The speaker will then discuss the challenges associated with identification of the dead using facial appearance and describe how we can predict the living facial appearance from partially decomposed soft tissues and/or skeletal material.This presentation will reveal the research behind virtual 3D computerised craniofacial reconstruction and its application in forensic human identification and archaeological investigation. The speaker will use examples from high profile archaeological cases, such as Richard III, Rameses II and St Nicolas.

Tuesday 8 March 2016, 18:00 for 18:30, Origins Centre

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