SCIENTISTS from Dundee University have re-created the face of a young man who lived more than 4,000 years ago.

The skeleton of “Thankerton Man” was found in a stone cist – a type of burial chamber – at Boatbridge Quarry, Thankerton, South Lanarkshire, in 1970.

It was radiocarbon-dated to between 2460BC and 2140BC and thought to have been that of a man aged 18 to 25.

The reconstructed image will go on show at the Biggar and Upper Clydesdale Museum, which opens today.

The reconstruction was produced by specialists from the university’s Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID) who worked from detailed analysis of the skull.

Caroline Erolin, lecturer in forensic and medical art at CAHID, said: “Given its age, the skeleton of Thankerton Man was in excellent condition, which allowed us to get a strong impression of how he may have looked.”