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Copper Age and Bronze Age Inhabitants

The skeleton of “Thankerton Man” was found in a stone cist – a type of burial chamber – at Boatbridge Quarry, Thankerton, South Lanarkshire, in 1970.

Collection Overview

It was radiocarbon-dated to between 2460BC and 2140BC and thought to have been that of a man aged 18 to 25. Following detailed analysis of the skull, specialists from Dundee University’s Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID) were able to recreate the face of a young man who lived more than 4000 years ago.

The resulting facial reconstruction of “Thankerton Man” is now on display in Biggar Museum. Dr Alison Sheridan, principal curator of early prehistory at National Museums Scotland, tells the story of this extraordinary find and its reconstruction in this video (link).

Collection Highlights

Location of collection

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