Mandurah: last chance to ‘replace the face’ through a facial reconstruction workshop with Sue Carter

Sue Carter
Sue Carter

Nadia Budihardjo

ARCHAEOLOGIST Sue Carter’s final facial reconstruction workshop – for people with a fascination for the forensic art – will be held in Mandurah next month.

The experienced archaeologist from Camillo has offered workshops across Perth for the past two years but is set to stop because of the rising cost of lifelike skull models.

“I’ve made the hard decision that this would be the last one I do because it’s mainly access to those skulls, unfortunately,” she said.

“The company I’ve been with, basically stopped doing them now and the only other anatomically correct skulls I could get, I’ll have to charge three or four times the amount for the workshop.”

The hands-on workshop in Mandurah will teach people to layer clay on a skull model with the help of forensic depth markers to replicate the facial muscles.

Ms Carter said archaeology and facial reconstruction had a wide relationship throughout history, even with the current availability of online facial reconstruction.

“The physical model is what people really would like to see rather than the image on the computer,” she said.

“When the remains from WWI were found, you could add faces to those bodies and know exactly what they look like.

“If they’ve got the DNA but they can’t match it with the family, they can do a forensic facial reconstruction which mean they can see the features and maybe match it to a photograph of the soldiers.”