8 Scots 'brought back from the dead' to tell the nation's story

They were buried sometimes thousands of years ago - but their stories have refused to die.

Ava, the Bronze Age woman buried in Caithness more than 4,250 years ago.

Science has now managed to bring long forgotten Scots back to life, with facial reconstruction techniques humanising the remains they left behind - often with startling results.

This 15th Century Highland warrior was found buried in a coffin with another man - and the skulls of four others. He was seasoned fighter at the time of intense inter- clan violece in Easter Ross.

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Ava lived during the Scottish Bronze Age around 4,250 years ago. Her remains were found in a grave at Achavanich in Caithness. She was descended from European migrants who arrived in Britain a few generations before she was born.
Leith Man was one of 400 bodies exhumed in the biggest ever discovery of medieval remains in Scotland. He was found at a former site of worship as the Edinburgh trams project got underway.
He was brutally killed around 1,400 years ago with his remains found in a cave at Rosemarkie, Moray. Analysis found that this well-built man was likely royalty or a chieftain, given his high-protein diet.
An 18th Century Edinburgh cobbler, Bowed Joseph stood less than 4 foot tall but was a great leader of the people. He could gather a mob of 10,000 in an hour by banging his drum.
The woman, thought to be in her twenties, was found in a section of Lady Yesters Church where unclaimed hospital patients were buried. She had undergone an autopsy and a label marked 'O' indicated she was from the Old Town.
She was considered Scotlands most notorious witch given a confession she slept with the Devil. But recreating her face has helped to humanise Adie and highlight a 'monstrous' miscarriage of justice in early 18th century Fife.