From The Lab: How researchers reconstructed the face of a Napoleonic soldier

A multidisciplinary research team from Sorbonne University has digitally resconstructed the face of a young Napoleonic soldier who died in March 1806.

The team comprised researchers from the Sorbonne University Library and the Institute of Computing and Data Sciences (ISCD). They conducted the facial reconstruction based on a skull preserved in the Dupuytren pathological anatomy collections.

In addition to the facial reconstruction, the multidisciplinary approach successfully identified the soldier.

Remi Gaillard from the Sorbonne University Library emphasised that this project marks a significant step in highlighting the personal stories of individuals in the Dupuytren anatomy collection.

"This is part of the ethical framework we have established for managing the collection," he stated.

Researchers from ISCD digitized the skull using 3D photogrammetric techniques.

You can see the results in the attached video.

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