forensic archaeology

Holoxica has worked closely with the University of Edinburgh School of History, Classsics and Archaelogy on a number of forensic projects spanning 2,000 years. The most recent project, Polyphonic Murders, is the first holographic collection of 5 violent and cruel historical deaths from different eras covering a range of weapons and methods for inflicting head trauma. The principal investigator is  Dr. Elena Kranioti, a medical doctor and forensic pathologist, whose team led this and other projects shown below.

 
 
 

Lundin Links - The Pictish man

Time Period: 400-600 AD (approximate)
Location: Lundin Links beach, South-East Fife coastline, Scotland (United Kingdom).
Demographics: Male. age: 35-45 years. Stature: approx. 177.7cm or 5ft 10 inches.
Cause of death: Sharp force injuries to back of the head. The individual suffered multiple strikes with sharp bladed object(s) which resulted in suffering fatal injuries.

 
 
 

Can Peré - The Spanish Woman

Time Period: 100-700 AD (approximate).
Location: Roman Empire outpost, Ibiza, Balearic island (Spain).
Demographics: female. age: 18-25 years. Stature: unknown

Cause of death: Penetrating injury to the right side of the head. The individual suffered a single violent-traumatic blow with a sharp pointed object which resulted in suffering fatal injuries.

 
 
 

St John's College - The Dane

Time Period: 1000-1100 AD (approximate).
Location: St John’s College, Oxford city centre, England (United Kingdom).
Demographics: male, age: 16-25 years. Stature: approximately 172.2cm or 5ft 8 inches.

Cause of death: Sharp force injuries to the head. The individual suffered multiple strikes to the head with multiple sharp bladed objects which resulted in suffering fatal injuries. Additionally, sharp force trauma marks his left leg, both of his hips and between his shoulder blades.

 
 
 

Whitefriars - The Man from Perth

Time Period: 1200-1600AD.
Location: Whitefriars Carmelite Friary, Perth, Scotland (United Kingdom).
Demographics: male, age: 35-45 years. Stature: approximately 167.7cm or 5ft 6 inches.

Cause of death: Sharp force injuries to the head. The individual suffered a single strike with a sharp object with a square outline around the time of his death.

 
 
 

Trinity College - the unknown Man

Time Period: 1800-1900 AD or earlier.
Location: Trinity College, Dublin (Ireland).
Source of data: Dr René Gapert, Human Remains Services Ireland.

Demographics: male, age: 26-35 years. Stature: unknown

Cause of death: Sharp force injuries to the head. The individual suffered multiple strikes with sharp bladed object(s) around the time of his death.

 
 
 

The Rhind Mummy

Time Period: 10 BC (approximate)
Location: Excavated from a tomb in Thebes, Egypt by Alexandar Rhind in 1857. Currently at the National Museum of Scotland.

Demographics: Female, age: 25-29 years. She was probably a noble woman as her teeth were in good condition. Stature: approx. 158 cm or 5ft 2 inches.
Cause of death: Unknown. This could not be inferred from the CT scan data, so it could have been an infection or pneumonia.

Notes: The mummy is still intact in its original wrapping. The secrets of this mummy were finally revealed when it was CT scanned by the Clinical Research Imaging Centre at Edinburgh University in 2012.