A publication of the Archaeological Institute of America
John Prag, keeper of archaeology at the Manchester Museum, and Richard Neave, artist in medicine and life sciences at the University of Manchester, have spent more than 20 years reconstructing faces from complete and incomplete skulls found in archaeological excavations in Europe, Asia, and Africa. Making Faces presents the results of their long collaboration with anthropologists, pathologists, facial surgeons, and other specialists. Far from being a dull manual for forensic anthropologists, this book is an inspiring, personal, and honest account of the authors' struggle to "put flesh" on the bones of ancient people, from anonymous bog bodies like Lindow Man and Yde Girl to the rulers of the ancient world, such as Philip II of Macedon, King Midas, and a Carian "princess" who may well be Ada I, adoptive mother of Alexander the Great. Along the way, the book touches on subjects as diverse as the muscles of the head, DNA analysis, classical portraiture, ancient medical texts, Etruscan burial customs, and the ethics of exhibiting human remains.
John Prag and Richard Neave
256 pages. College Station:
Texas A&M University Press, 1997.
$39.95. ISBN 0-89096-784-9
Wijnand Van Der Sandan, Drenthe, Netherlands, provincial archaeologist, is author of Through Nature to Eternity: The Bog Bodies of Northwest Europe.