Let’s Get Biblical: ‘Lost Faces of the Bible’ Premieres Tonight

More than just a holy book, The Bible also exists as one of history’s richest texts. Many details of Western civilization’s legendary characters have been lost to time, including their appearances. Lost Faces of the Bible uses cutting-edge technology to reconstruct the Bible’s most famous faces, mixing myth-busting archaeology with forensic investigation to revive artifacts of the past.

Granted unprecedented access to four ancient skulls, a team of archaeologists, historians, Biblical scholars and forensic anthropologists conduct investigations to restore the artifacts, which range from 2000 to 7000 years old. Using both traditional and state-of-the-art procedures in facial reconstruction, the team of experts first employs the same methodology used in police investigations to discern the face of an unidentified skull. Conducting tests that were never before permitted, the team then works to gather enough evidence to provide forensic artists the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rebuild a lost Biblical face.

Through their painstaking work, the team attempts to resolve unanswered questions in Biblical history. From exploring the legendary beauty of Delilah, the infamous temptress who lured Samson to his demise, to tracing the differences between the doomed brothers Jacob and Esau based on clues found in their ancient bones, Lost Faces of the Bible provides new insights into some of history’s most important figures.

Catch the premiere of Lost Faces of the Bible tonight at 7P.

Watch how scientists rebuild a 6000-year-old skull:

Comments

  1. Jon A Marshall
    Houston, TX
    December 11, 2013, 3:01 pm

    I would like to speak with anyone at Nat Geo about the possibility of doing a show about the feral cattle on the uninhabited Chirikof Island in Alaska.
    These cattle have been targeted for removal/eradication by the US Fish and Wildlife service due to destruction of the island’s bird habitat.
    I have been in contact with the director of the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge about getting genetic material from these cattle before they are destroyed and they will provide the necessary permits for this project.
    These cattle descend from the cattle brought to the island in the late 1800’s as a food source for the mink industry. Genetically, they are Herefords, Ayrshires, Scots Highlands, and Yakut; but recent genetic studies indicate that they are largely unrelated to these breeds today, i.e. the genetic lines of these breeds have bifurcated since they were introduced onto the island. When the fur business ended, the cattle were left to fend for themselves and have largely been without human intervention for over 80 years, and are now truly feral.
    I am a retired executive from the offshore oil business and operate a cattle operation in Texas of over 1,000 head that is all dedicated to charity.
    I think these cattle offer a very unique genetic resource and would like to ensure that we do everything possible to preserve these genetics, even if we cannot preserve the animals. I have spoken with the US Germplasm Repository and they are very interested in getting semen from these cattle. It is possible to extract ovaries from the cows without killing them, but it is very challenging logistically to get the ovaries to a properly equipped lab in sufficient time to ensure their viability.
    I am willing to fund personally a project to dart bulls and collect semen this summer. If you would be interested in filming this, I would be delighted to discuss it with you.

    Best regards,
    Jon A Marshall

  2. George Spears
    Indianapolis , IN 46223 / United States
    December 12, 2013, 11:59 am

    Do you think it’s possible that the Nomad on the Lost Faces of the Bible episode “Ancient Warrior ” had a cleft lip or deformity from birth ?