Martin Gallivan was a bit stunned when he saw the pair of
facial reconstructions made by Sharon Long, a biological anthropologist at the
University of Wyoming. William & Mary archaeologists worked with the tribe
to select crania of a man and a woman for the “NCIS-style” reconstruction. The
woman was strikingly lifelike, but the man “bears a striking resemblance to
Chief [Stephen] Adkins,” Gallivan said.
He noted that Long had neither met any of the Chickahominy,
nor received any photos of current members of the tribe.
The Chickahominy warmly received the images of their
ancestors, but the work, funded by the Virginia Department of Historical
Resources, also had value for the researchers.
“When we’re given the
opportunity to do something like forensic facial reconstruction, we’re reminded
that it’s real people who led real lives that we’re writing about,” Gallivan
said. “I think that’s of tremendous benefit to not only descendant communities
and the public, but to scholars as well.”