The author, a physical anthropologist, was asked to make the first forensic reconstruction of George Washington. Part of a new education center at Mount Vernon, the project calls for full-length figures of the first president at the ages of 19, 45 and 57.
The skeletal remains could not be used to furnish clues. A statue, portraits, a life mask, dentures and clothing--all from the later years of Washingtonfs life--constituted the available evidence.
A special three-dimensional computer program allowed the author and his colleagues to combine and manipulate these clues to arrive at the three lifelike reproductions.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Jeffrey H. Schwartz
Jeffrey H. Schwartz teaches physical anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh and is author of Sudden Origins: Fossils, Genes and the Origin of Species (Wiley, 1999).