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Medical Museum Science Café

The Science and Art of Forensic Facial Reconstruction


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When: Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Where: National Museum of Health and Medicine
2500 Linden Lane, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
Cost: FREE! Open to the public, no RSVP required.
What: Learn how 3-D modeling and forensic anthropology intersect to reveal the face of an unknown Civil War soldier. Using CT data of a skull discovered in 1876 on Morris Island, South Carolina, near the site of Battery Wagner, a forensic artist and a biomedical engineer worked together to create a facial reconstruction of the soldier. He is believed to be a soldier of the famous 54th Massachusetts Volunteers, which led its assault on Wagner the night of July 18, 1863.