The girl with the cap broach

1635 – 1650, Modern Era

Skull with cap broach.

Skull with cap broach.

Skull with sculpted muscles and skin.

Skull with sculpted muscles and skin.

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The exhibition in museum Flehite, the cap broach is partly hidden by the cap.

The exhibition in museum Flehite, the cap broach is partly hidden by the cap.

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The skeleton of this young woman (24-27 year) was excavated in a pestilence graveyard, near the Rochus chapel in Amersfoort. There were remains of a cap broach on her skull, a metal support for a cap, coif or hood. The metal ensured that some hair strands were very good preserved, so we now know the haircolour of this woman: blond. The fashion in cap broaches was quickly changing, one day it’s in, the next day it’s out. So this cap broach dated this skeleton around 1640.

As a child she had a poor health and she probably died of pestilence.

Authentic clothing is made by Eva IJsveld http://www.evaijsveld.nl/historische-kostuums/

Exhibition: 2016: Cold Cases Amersfoort in museum Flehite, https://museumflehite.nl/tentoonstellingen/21400717/familietentoonstelling-cold-cases-amersfoort

Client: department of Archaeology municipality Amersfoort

 

Media: video about the Cold Cases exhibition in museum Flehite: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGklptB8VYk&feature=youtu.be