The Russian soldier

Period:  1799, Modern Era

 

Copy of the skull with facial muscles.

Copy of the skull with facial muscles.

The 4D research Lab is photogrammatrically documenting the process from skull to face.

The 4D research Lab is photogrammatrically documenting the process from skull to face.

The naked face.

The naked face.

With appropriate hearstyle.

With appropriate hearstyle.

Fully dressed in Hilde’s House. Photograph: Hilde’s House.

Fully dressed in Hilde’s House. Photograph: Hilde’s House.

In 1799 a Russian-English coalition invaded North Holland. They fought a hard battle against the French in several places, including Castricum.  This skeleton is found in the dunes, near Hilde’s House, the exhibition centre. DNA analysis showed that the family line of this soldier probably originated in Lithania and surroundings. The private was between 19 and 28 years old when he was killed on the battlefield. His stature was around 169 cm, a normal height for Russian men from that time period.

 

Because of several problems the Russian soldiers were in less then optimum health when they arrived. They were probably hungry and looked a bit miserable.

 

Acknowledgements: For the DNA-research we thank Prof. Dr. Ben Krause-Kyora,

Professor of Ancient DNA Analysis, Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel, Germany.    

 

Client: Province North Holland, the Netherlands

 

Exhibition: Hilde’s House, Castricum, the Netherlands. https://huisvanhilde.nl/en/

Media Huis van Hilde:

https://huisvanhilde.nl/nieuws/russische-soldaat-uit-1799-krijgt-een-gezicht/

https://huisvanhilde.nl/nieuws/onthulling-gezichtsreconstructie-russische-soldaat/

https://huisvanhilde.nl/verhalen/de-russische-soldaat/

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HoDQzHnKpL0

The 4D research Lab is photogrammatrically documenting the process from skull to face.