Bleadon Man's head, 1997.
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Reconstruction of Bleadon Man's head made by Caroline Wilkinson and Richard Neave at Manchester University. Bleadon Man was one of two skeletons discovered when building began on a new housing estate on Whitegate Farm, Bleadon, Somerset, in 1998. The investigations of the skeleton were filmed for the BBC TV series 'Meet the Ancestors'. Scientists used facial reconstruction techniques to search for Bleadon man's descendants. His shattered skull was painstakingly reasembled and a plaster cast made. Pegs to show the depth of facial tisue and blank false eyes were inserted, and layers of muscle were gradually built up over the frame of the face. The Iron Age man strongly resembled one of the men in the village, who turned out to be a direct descendant.