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Facial reconstruction breathes new life into ancient citizens of Sagalassos

20 May 2019

Archaeologists Jeroen Poblome and Sam Cleymans have brought the past to life. Together with the University of Burdur located in Turkey, they have reconstructed the faces of two centuries-old residents of Sagalassos.


KU Leuven researchers have been examining the archaeological site of Sagalassos for over thirty years, with an international and interdisciplinary team. They’re reconstructing the past of this ancient city in what is now Turkey. Layer by layer, they are making new discoveries in the reconstruction.

Thanks to this the Sagalassos Archaeological Research Project literally has a face. On the basis of skeletal remains, the researchers have reconstructed two lifelike faces – one of a Roman man (early third century CE) and one of a Middle-Byzantine woman (11th-13th century CE). The researchers have called them ‘Rhodon’ and ‘Eirènè’, respectively, as their real names are unknown.

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