A facial reconstructionist is someone who does corpse
identification by means of different techniques. Techniques
include two dimensional facial reconstruction that involves
portraiture and pencil sketching and three dimensional facial
reconstruction that involves sculpting with modeling clay. To
confirm the identity of a corpse, mummified fingerprinting and
skull to photo video superimposition are techniques used and
this is done by means of electronic equipment (electronic
photographics). Two dimensional facial restoration is a
technique used when a corpse is less decomposed.
What are the minimum requirements to
become a Facial Reconstructionist?
To be appointed as a facial reconstuctionist one should have
at least a B Sc Degree with Art as a subject up to Grade 12 OR a
BA Fine Arts with knowledge of astrology, anatomy and/or
Once you are employed as a facial reconstructionist you may
receive further in house training such as artistic enhancement
and Forensic Biology Case Work that is presented by the South
African Police Service.
Where can you be stationed?
The facial Reconstructionist Forensic Analyst works at the
Biology Unit, Forensic Science Laboratory in Pretoria.
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