A facial reconstruction has been made of a young woman who died more than 3,700 years ago. The woman's bones, including a skull and teeth, were discovered at Achavanich in Caithness in 1987. Known as "Ava", an abbreviation of Achavanich, she is the subject of a long-term research project managed by archaeologist Maya Hoole.
Forensic artist Hew Morrison, a graduate of the University of Dundee, created the reconstruction. Ava's remains, along with other artefacts found with her, are held in the care of Caithness Horizons museum in Thurso. Unusually, the Bronze Age woman was buried in a pit dug into solid rock and her skull is an abnormal shape which some suggest was the result of deliberate binding.
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