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This is the face of a woman who lived in Amadora (Portugal) for over 2000 years

An archaeological project by the Municipality of Amadora unveiled the face of an inhabitant of Amadora when she was still a Roman. A reenactment that can be followed on video.

More than 2000 years ago, Amadora was of the Romans, a people who left much more than their fingerprints there. Now, thanks to a broader municipal research project called “PERA – Population in Roman Period in Amadora”, a facial approximation of a citizen of the time has been released.

The Roman presence in Amadora is a known matter, but there is always a lot to dig. Between 2017 and 2020 alone, there were six excavations at the archaeological site of Moinho do Castelinho, on Estrada da Falagueira, which continued to explore the Roman necropolis of the Quinta da Bolacha villa, currently with 41 tombs discovered. In one of them, they found the starting point for the “Dar Rosto à Villa” project, started in 2019 to rehearse a facial approach from a skull found in a grave at Moinho do Castelinho.

The operation was in charge of the illustrator Filipe Franco, Master in Artistic Anatomy from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon, but to reach the final result, a team was created that involved researchers from the University of Coimbra (in the area of biological anthropology). University of Vienna (DNA analysis) and also the National Museum of Natural History and Science, University of Lisbon (scanning of the skull and jaw). The coordination was under the responsibility of Gisela Encarnação and Vanessa Dias, archeologists from the Municipality of Amadora and the Municipal Museum of Archeology.

Take the opportunity to find out more and visit the Municipal Museum of Archeology, dedicated to the preservation, study, enhancement, and dissemination of the historical and archaeological heritage of the municipality of Amadora. It is divided into several spaces, such as the Casal da Falagueira Museum, where you can see the temporary exhibition “Reflections of life and death at Moinho do Castelinho”, the result of excavations carried out in 2017 and 2018 within the scope of PERA.

Casal da Falagueira Museum – Beco do Poço, Falagueira – Venda Nova. +351 21 436 9090. Tue-Sat 09.00-13.00, 14.00-17.00. Normal ticket: €1 (free on Saturday morning)

source: Time Out

Por Renata Lima Lobo

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