Forensic forensic artists have recreated the face of a Scottish woman who was persecuted for witchcraft over 300 years ago.
Lilias Adi died in 1704 in a dungeon before being burned for "confessed" crimes of witchcraft and "intimate relations" with the devil. The woman was buried under a large boulder on the Fife coast, possibly believing that the heavy stone would prevent the witch from rising from the grave at the behest of the devil.
Lilias' remains were exhumed by antique dealers in the 19th century, and her skull ended up in the Museum of the University of St Andrews. There he was photographed, after which he disappeared under mysterious circumstances.
Forensic artist Christopher Wrynn of the Center for Human Anatomy and Identification at the University of Dundee was able to reconstruct the witch's face a century later using 3D technology and forensic reconstruction techniques.
After Lilias' appearance was restored, there was no doubt that the woman was the victim of dire circumstances. The artist did not know who would appear before him, and expected that it would be an angry or unpleasant face. But in the end I saw a completely kind woman with soft features.
Lilias was tortured while in prison. Her executioners and judges demanded a list of the names of other "witches", but she firmly refused. It is possible that she committed suicide, reports the BBC.
In addition, the very fact that Lilias was buried, rather than burned, her body also raises questions.