Art and technology can reconstruct the faces of the dead based on remains

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Facial reconstruction is best known as a forensic tool that can help identify human remains and reconnect them with families for burial or memorialization. The technique has a potent claim on our imaginations. These images are usually produced when other identification methods have failed. It’s usually a last resort with very high stakes. This is perhaps why, when forensic depictions lead to recognition in spite of their own technical limitations, it can feel like a miracle, providing an essential, often long-awaited, piece of an investigative puzzle. Facial reconstruction becomes most culturally visible when it is applied to archaeological research. Depicting…

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