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6th-Century Gaya Girl 'Resurrected'

November 26th, 2009
Categories: News, Science

Link: http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/art/2009/11/148_56112.html

A life-size model of a young girl from the 6th-century Gaya Kingdom (42-562) was revealed in Seoul, Wednesday. The model, constructed from the ``1,500-year-old's'' excavated skeletal remains, is the first of its kind in the country.

``We have excavated human bones on many occasions but it is the first time we created a full-scale model,'' Kang Soon-hyung, director of the Gaya National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage, was quoted as saying by the Munhwa Ilbo.

The girl, who was buried alive, is speculated to have been a 16-year-old servant to a powerful family. After adding layers of muscle and skin as well locks of hair, the model stands 1.53 meters tall. She is relatively short but is slim and has a small face ― a beauty by modern standards. Her remains were among those of four people that were unearthed during the institute's excavation project in Songhyeong-dong, Changnyeong-gun, South Gyeongsang Province, between 2006 and 2007. A study on Gaya's custom of burying the living with the dead will soon be published, the institute said.

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