The Arts: Facing Facts; Modern Science Meets Ancient History as an Exhibition Seeks to Change People's Attitudes about Archeology. Ian Parri Investigates

Daily Post (Liverpool, England), March 21, 2003 | Go to article overview

The Arts: Facing Facts; Modern Science Meets Ancient History as an Exhibition Seeks to Change People's Attitudes about Archeology. Ian Parri Investigates


Byline: Ian Parri

MORTIMER Wheeler got it in one when he said that archaeology was all about ``digging up,not things,but people''.And if you venture into Oriel Ynys Mon in Llangefni in the coming weeks, you'll see the haunting faces of some of those people, our ancestors, staring back at you through the mists of time.

As one of the early directors of the National Museum of Wales, back in the 1920s,Wheeler knew only too well how history and archaeology have always laboured under a bit of an image problem.

For far too long in the past archaeology was perceived as the preserve of dotty scientists in khakhi shorts, armed to the teeth with notebooks, measuring tapes and trowels as they rummaged through yet more dusty ruins.

But now the exhibition in Llangefni seeks to redress the balance, using the latest advances in forensic science to put our forebearers' past into a col ourful and modern perspective.

Recreations: Visualizing Our Past aims to shows how today's archaeologists are working hand-in-hand with forensic scientists,artists and craftspeople to bring to life several aspects of the colourful, if sometimes vicious,history we share. ``In the past,artists would portray their interpretation of what life was like,'' says Alun Gruffydd, principal museums and culture officer with Isle of Anglesey County Council, which runs the gallery.

``Often,for example, they'd put humans and dinosaurs in the same pictures, although they didn't co-exist.

`` Today the intention is to portray things as they really were.''

Among the fascinating exhibits on display are facial reconstructions of four human heads, quite possibly a family, from the 10thcentury.

They have been created by forensic scientists,by means of techniques used by the police to help solve murders and searches for missing people.

The busts are based on the skulls found just down the road in Llanbedrgoch,and are thought to be of the victims of marauding Vikings more than a millennium ago as they sought to add Wales to its ever-growingempire.

``You can be sure that they're almost identical to the real people,because the techniques used to create them are so advanced these days,''adds Alun Gruffydd. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

The Arts: Facing Facts; Modern Science Meets Ancient History as an Exhibition Seeks to Change People's Attitudes about Archeology. Ian Parri Investigates
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.