Cornelis from Harlem

1435 – 1450, Late Middle Ages

Copy of the skull

Copy of the skull

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Cast in rubber and painted.

Cast in rubber and painted.

Implanting the eyebrow hairs.

Implanting the eyebrow hairs.

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Cornelis fully dressed. Picture and body: Mieneke van Gogh. Clothing: Marije de Mol.

Cornelis fully dressed. Picture and body: Mieneke van Gogh. Clothing: Marije de Mol.

In 15th century Harlem archives Cornelis is besides Jan, the most common name. This is the reason why archaeologists have named him this way. He was circa 34 years old when he died and was buried in the graveyard of the Sint Gangolfs Hospital.

His joints showed much signs of tear and wear, and besides a vitamine and mineral deficit, he also had an anomaly in his upper jaw and teeth. This anomaly is now visible in his face.

 

Exhibition: ‘facing Medieval Harlem’ in the Harlem Archaeological Museum, 2016. http://www.archeologischmuseumhaarlem.nl/node/511