ABSTRACT

Recent advances in forensic and facial reconstruction techniques allow us to know more about what people looked like in antiquity, but it is as well to recognize that the reconstruction of heads and faces from well-preserved skulls is still at an experimental stage. Highly significant details such as hair length, hairstyle, grooming, use of body paint or cosmetics still need to be added from fresco and other evidence. Skin colour cannot be deduced because of the convention, borrowed from Egypt by way of Crete, of depicting women with white skin, men with brown.