Expert reconstructs face of Scottish ‘Witch’

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The woman's face was reconstructed in incredible detail. Image Credit: University of Dundee / Twitter

A forensic artist has pieced together the appearance of a woman who was once imprisoned for witchcraft.

Lilias Adie, whose remains were discovered buried beneath a large stone on the coast of Fife, was imprisoned in Scotland in the 18th century for allegedly ‘confessing’ to being a witch.

She died in jail in 1704 before her sentence of death by burning could be carried out.


Now forensic artist Dr Christopher Rynn from Dundee University’s Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification has used photographs of her skull to create a 3D reconstruction of her face.

“There was nothing in Lilias’ story that suggested to me that nowadays she would be considered as anything other than a victim of horrible circumstances,” he said. “So I saw no reason to pull the face into an unpleasant or mean expression and she ended up having quite a kind face, quite naturally.”


Most suspected witches from the time would have been burned rather than buried.

“It was a truly eerie moment when the face of Lilias suddenly appeared,” said BBC Radio Scotland presenter Susan Morrison. “Here was the face of a woman you could have a chat with, though knowing her story it was a wee bit difficult to look her in the eye.”

 

 

Source: BBC News