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1,300-Year-Old Teenage Anglo-Saxon Girl’s Face Revealed

Starting Tuesday, Cambridge University will showcase a facial reconstruction of a teenage girl who passed away over 1,300 years ago. Forensic artist Hew Morrison meticulously reconstructed the girl’s face, providing insight into her appearance at the time of her demise.

Discovered in 2012 at Trumpington, Cambridgeshire, the girl’s skeleton was found buried on a wooden bed, adorned with a gold and garnet cross positioned on her chest. This cross suggests that the young girl was likely a Christian, possibly even an aristocrat or someone of royal lineage.

Her burial site in Trumpington is one of only 18-bed burials discovered in the United Kingdom to date. Research indicates that a select group of young, privileged women was relocated from a mountainous region in continental Europe to the Cambridge area during the seventh century, according to the BBC.

It was previously known that the girl had been afflicted by an unidentified illness, likely the cause of her untimely death. Experts speculate that she may have arrived in the region as a bride, potentially sent to join a monastery.

The reconstructed image of the girl, along with the cross found on her chest, will be exhibited as part of the “Beneath Our Feet: Archaeology of the Cambridge Region” exhibition. Visitors can view the display until April 14, 2024.

Moriah Ballard
Moriah Ballard
Moriah Ballard joined the KPRC 2 digital team in the fall of 2021. Prior to becoming a digital content producer in Southeast Texas and a Houstonian, Moriah was an award-winning radio host in her hometown of Lorain, Ohio and previously worked as a producer/content creator in Cleveland. Her faith, family, and community are her top passions.


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