Re-introducing Ava

Our research is now published and Open Access to anyone and everyone who wishes to read it online on the newly launched online journal from the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. We are delighted to announce that is has won this years RBK Stevenson Award.

Advances in ancient DNA analysis has allowed researchers from the Natural History Museum in London and the Reich Laboratory at Harvard Medical School to reveal that Ava would have had black hair, brown eyes and tanned skin similar to modern populations in Southern Europe. This new information has changed Ava’s appearance significantly, but thanks again to forensic artist Hew Morrison, we are able to see even more accurately what she would have looked like.

Introducing the new Ava, with brown eyes, black hair and tanned skin (c) Hew Morrison