MSc Forensic Art & Facial Identification

Karina Osswald

Before Spanish was spoken on the isles of the Canaries, a small archipelago approximately 100 miles from the coast of Morocco, there was the Guanche, an indigenous group of people believed to have descended from the Berber people of Northern Africa. The Guanche existed in relative solitude, with no known written language, from approximately the 1st Century AD until the 15th, when the islands were conquered in the names of the King and Queen of Spain. The surviving Guanche of the islands were successfully absorbed into the Castilian Spaniard culture, but echos of their lives can still be found on the islands today. Information on the Guanche, from their rituals to their appearances, was written by the hands of the invading Spaniards. My research project involved the craniofacial reconstruction of Guanche Individual XXVI A-46, provided the Anatomy Museum at the University of Edinburgh. This exhibition is the reconstruction of A-46, a female of 25-35 years of age from an unknown burial site on the islands, was completed with the use of Geomagic Freeform Haptic Technology, and Adobe Photoshop CS6.

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