Forensic Reconstruction of a Canadian Cranium

In 2011, students and faculty within the Wisconsin Lutheran College Department of Anthropology studied crania from South America and Canada. These biological samples (housed at the Milwaukee Public Museum) were scanned using cutting-edge computed tomography techniques developed by the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Student researchers examined the effects that the intentional modification of the human skull had on craniofacial anatomy and the shape of the neurocranium. The surface scan, depicted below, portrays the extent of the modification.

(This specimen is assigned to the indigenous prehistory of the northwestern Canadian coast.)