Grave reconstruction

Mysterious grave with seven skulls | 2011

27 Jun , 2015  

In 2006 during an excavation in the roman cemetery of Aquincum leading archaeologist Gábor Lassányi found a special grave: one regular burial of an old man plus five human, and a horse skull.

The seven skull grave at the Graphisoft Park dig in 2006

The seven skull grave at the Graphisoft Park dig in 2006

Were the old man buried with severed heads? Were the skulls dumped in a rubbish pit by a grave robber? Were they placed there during a ceremony? After studying the finds, he came up with the following theory: They were part of a magical ceremony, possibly about a curse.

Digging the grave

Digging the grave

The ceremony

The ceremony

Layout of the skulls after the ceremony

Layout of the skulls after the ceremony

Section of the grave

Section of the grave

Client: Aquincum Museum

Grave reconstruction

Sarmatian woman | 2010

6 Nov , 2014  

Grave of a wealthy sarmatian woman. She wore silver earrings, a necklace with glass and stone pieces and bronze bracelets. Her boots were decorated with small stone rings.

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jewelry

Client: Aquincum Museum

Exhibition: There’s some new under the earth

Date: 2010

Grave reconstruction

Scythian period double burial | 2010

6 Nov , 2014  

Southern sector of M0 Motorway, site BP 008

Southern sector of M0 Motorway, site BP 008

Archeologists have found a common grave of a woman and a seven year old girl from the Scythian period. A bronze arrowhead, found on the right side of the woman by the last rib, may have been the cause of death. The arrow dates the grave to the second half of the 5th century BC. The woman’s ankles were bound together.  The grave goods included a cup, a flat bowl, and a millstone.

scythian skeletons

Scythian skeletons

My task was to to reconstruct the burial scene. I started by analyzing the excavation drawings, photos and the well-preserved skeletons and material objects. It was noted that the clothes were representative of those found in literature depicting the Scythian period. The boots are the typical pointed ones of the era.


The lifelike folds of the clothes are achieved with simulation, the characters were animated from a T-pose to the final, laying ones. Some manual adjustments were necessary in areas such as the armpits and legs. I modeled the grave goods from photos of the artifacts. The skull of the girl was found in the bowl, which probably contained food, that’s why I placed a wooden lid on it.

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Scythian double burial reconstruction

The format of the exhibition posters were portrait, so I arranged three renderings vertically on them.

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At the exhibition.

 

Client: Aquincum Museum

Exhibition: There’s some new under the earth

Date: 2010