Our second keynote lecture will come from Professor Caroline Wilkinson of Liverpool John Moores University. Caroline will be speaking at the Effaced from History conference on April 1. To register and view the full program, visit the conference website.
It has become common for facial depictions to be produced relating to archaeological investigations and historical figures. The methods tend to utilise forensic techniques, anatomical standards and anthropological interpretation. Sometimes individuals are studied who appear to have had facial differences caused by trauma, congenital condition or disease, and depiction of these individuals can be controversial when anthropologists and archaeologists disagree as to the cause of the skeletal deformity/difference, or when the appearance is contrary to other historical evidence. This paper examines a number of cases where facial difference was depicted and the effect of this interpretation on our understanding of people from the past. Examples include leprosy, haemangioma, meningioma hyperostosis, otopalatodigital syndrome-2 (OPD2) and carpal coalition syndrome.