When the doors of the newly inaugurated Perth Museum swing open at the end of March, visitors will be transported back through the annals of time to meet some of Perthshire’s earliest inhabitants. This unique journey into the past has been made possible by the collaborative efforts of museum curators and digital reconstruction specialists who have breathed life into the faces of individuals from bygone eras, revealing their stories through the latest scientific advancements.

Among the fascinating figures to be introduced is a medieval man whose life was cut short under mysterious and violent circumstances. Discovered during the early 2000s excavation for the Perth Concert Hall in the Horsecross area, his remains were found unceremoniously buried in a shallow grave beneath the rubble of the ancient Castle Gable tenements. The recent forensic investigation by experts from Aberdeen University has shed light on his untimely demise, confirming suspicions of murder with evidence of severe blunt force trauma and fractured ribs.

The museum will also showcase a woman from the Bronze Age, whose final resting place was accidentally uncovered in 1962 by a tractor plowing at Lochlands Farm near Rattray. Initially believed to be in her forties at the time of death, further analysis has adjusted her age to the thirties. Despite her ancient lineage, the woman’s condition speaks volumes about the hardships of life in her era, with dental examinations and skeletal analysis revealing signs of joint wear and back problems indicative of a physically demanding life.

Another highlight is the reconstruction of a Pictish laborer, unearthed in the early 1980s near Blair Atholl. The presence of a large round stone disc in his grave, resembling a quern stone, hints at a life spent in agricultural toil. Through detailed examinations, it has been determined that he lived during the 5th or 6th century and enjoyed a diet rich in pork and local produce, evidence of a life intimately connected with the land of Perthshire.

Mark Hall, the curator of Perth Museum, expressed his deep sense of privilege in working alongside a dedicated team to unearth these compelling narratives from Scotland’s distant past. As the museum prepares to welcome visitors on March 30, Hall views these ancient faces as “avatars from the past,” ready to escort guests through the intricate tapestry of human history that has shaped the region.

The opening of the Perth Museum is not just a cultural milestone but also an economic catalyst expected to draw thousands of visitors to Perth and Kinross each year. With the museum housing the iconic Stone of Destiny and benefiting from significant financial investment, including £17 million from Perth and Kinross Council and £10 million from the Tay Cities Deal, it is anticipated to contribute approximately £2.5 million annually to the local economy. This venture stands as a testament to the enduring power of history to inspire, educate, and transform communities.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back To Top