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13 May 2013
Reconstruction of the face of an ancient Maltese woman

Heritage Malta surprised guests at the Malta Fashion Week with an exhibition entitled 'Jewellery through the times' showing that Malta's first residents were not the aggressive, dirty individuals with unkempt hair which most imagine them to have been. The exhibition was followed by a fashion show of replica prehistoric jewellery, which preceded the main highlight: changing the misconception related to the image of prehistoric people by means of a unique reconstruction.
     The items featured in the fashion show were replicas of objects worn by individuals who lived on the Maltese islands some 5600 years ago. The artefacts exhibited were discovered at various prehistoric sites and form part of the permanent display at Heritage Malta's National Museum of Archaeology in Valletta.
     Heritage Malta also launched a 3D virtual reconstruction of facial features based on one of the prehistoric skulls (over 5,000 years old) found at the Xagħra Stone Circle in Gozo. It revealed, for the very first time, what one of the earliest Maltese actually looked like. It was a face which was much closer to what one would expect from a woman of our day and age rather than that of a person who lived on the islands over 5,000 years ago.

Edited from Times of Malta (7 May 2013), Gozo News (8 May 2013)

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