Title

A Late Pleistocene woman from Tham Lod, Thailand: The influence of today on a face from the past

RIS ID

113475

Publication Details

Hayes, S., Shoocongdej, R., Pureepatpong, N., Sangvichien, S. & Chintakanon, K. (2017). A Late Pleistocene woman from Tham Lod, Thailand: The influence of today on a face from the past. Antiquity: a quarterly review of archaeology, 91 (356), 289-303.

Abstract

Creating a facial appearance for individuals from the distant past is often highly problematic, even when verified methods are used. This is especially so in the case of non-European individuals, as the reference populations used to estimate the face tend to be heavily biased towards the average facial variation of recent people of European descent. To evaluate the problem, a facial approximation of a young woman from the Late Pleistocene rockshelter of Tham Lod in north-western Thailand was compared against the average facial variation of datasets from recent populations. The analysis indicated that the Tham Lod facial approximation was neither overtly recent in facial morphology, nor overtly European. The case is of particular interest as the Tham Lod individual probably belonged to a population ancestral to extant Australo-Melanesian peoples.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2017.18