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๐“๐ก๐ž ๐Ÿ“,๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ ๐ฒ๐ž๐š๐ซ ๐จ๐ฅ๐ ๐๐ž๐ง๐š๐ง๐  ๐–๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ง ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ง๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ก๐š๐ฌ ๐š ๐Ÿ๐š๐œ๐ž!

๐๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ง๐ž๐ฐ๐ฌ! ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐Ÿ“,๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ ๐ฒ๐ž๐š๐ซ ๐จ๐ฅ๐ ๐๐ž๐ง๐š๐ง๐  ๐–๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ง ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ง๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ก๐š๐ฌ ๐š ๐Ÿ๐š๐œ๐ž! ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘ค ๐‘ฆ๐‘œ๐‘ข ๐‘˜๐‘›๐‘œ๐‘ค ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘“๐‘Ž๐‘๐‘’ ๐‘œ๐‘“ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘ ๐‘˜๐‘’๐‘™๐‘’๐‘ก๐‘œ๐‘› ๐‘“๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘–๐‘› ๐บ๐‘Ž๐‘™๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘– ๐‘Š๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘ ๐‘Ž๐‘› ๐บ๐‘ข๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ ๐พ๐‘’๐‘๐‘Žโ„Ž, ๐‘ƒ๐‘’๐‘›๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘”. Penang Woman, the 5,000-year-old skeletal remains found in 2017 in Guar Kepah, Penang, finally has a face.

A team of Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) researchers together with 3D graphics experts, had used the forensic facial approximation method to reconstruct the Penang Womanโ€™s facial features. As a result, the skeleton now has a face, giving archeology enthusiasts a face to the skeleton found in Penang.


An approximation of the Penang Woman has been released in an article published on 5 August 2022.

The Penang Woman skeleton was uncovered when the area was being dug up to lay the foundations for the Guar Kepah archaeological gallery in 2017. It was the ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐จ๐ง๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฆ๐š๐ข๐ง๐ข๐ง๐  ๐๐ž๐จ๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐œ ๐ฌ๐ค๐ž๐ฅ๐ž๐ญ๐จ๐ง ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ ๐ข๐ง ๐š ๐ฌ๐ก๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ฆ๐ข๐๐๐ž๐ง ๐ข๐ง ๐Œ๐š๐ฅ๐š๐ฒ๐ฌ๐ข๐š.

According to the paper published just a few days ago, the age of death for the Penang Woman is around 40 years old and the chronometric dating shows the Penang Woman was buried around 5700 years ago.

Throwback photo of Prof Mokhtar excavating the Guar Kepah site. Photo: Malay Mail Online

Such a great accomplishment for the Penang archeological field and a big applause for the researchers! This effort definitely promotes digital documentation in the conservation of human remains in Malaysia!

Those who are keen to check out the archeological site and a replica of the Penang Woman can head to Galeri Warisan Guar Kepah.

The original โ€œPenang Womanโ€ is still being carefully conserved in USM as it has to be in a temperature and humidity controlled environment, which means the skeleton currently showcased at the gallery is a replica of the original.

The replica of Penang Woman at Galeri Arkeology Guar Kepah.


Figure 5. The steps of forensic facial approximation. (A) The reconstructed skull was incomplete; thus it was filled with a 3D mesh from a virtual donour (B). A profile line of the face was drawn (C) and the frontal projections was generated (D). Anatomical deformation technique was performed to approximate the face (E). Comparable nasal deformity was observed (F,G). A series of structural modifications was performed to adapt with the projections (H,I). The hairs were added to complete the facial approximation (J).

Final image of the Penang Woman. See less

For more information, download the article here: https://www.mdpi.com/2076-3417/12/15/7871/pdf...

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