Archaeologist Shows How The People Who Lived Thousands Of Years Before Us Really Looked And The Result Is Amazing

The ability of some forensic artists, professionals dedicated to reconstructing the faces of the deceased, is truly impressive. This time, we want to talk in particular about one professional who, unlike most forensic arts, did not resort to using a computer-aided approach, but instead used his hands.

For Oscar Nilsson, a Swedish archeologist and sculptor specializing in the reconstruction of human faces, the number of hours spent on each reconstruction could easily add up to 200. Of course, Nilsson uses his’ muses’ 3D-printed skulls to preserve the original skeletal excavations, but the rest of the facial features are hand-sculpted.

He opened a company called O.D. in 1996. Nilssons. The company collaborates with museums around the world, helping them to restore the faces of people whose graves were discovered during archeological excavations. “The human face is a motif that never ceases to fascinate me: the variation of the underlying structure as well as the variety in detail seem endless. And all the faces I reconstruct are unique. They’re all individuals,”-says the artist on his site.

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#1 Huarmey Queen

In 2012, a tomb was discovered by the Polish archeological group during excavations in north-western Peru. The burial related to Wari’s Indian culture (later the Incas Empire) was a real find for scientists because it was not looted. The remains of 58 noblewomen of different ages were found in the tomb, buried with extraordinary luxuries.

One woman, particularly nicknamed Huarmey Queen, was buried more extravagantly than others. She was laid to rest in the jewelry company and other luxuries, including gold ear flares, a silver goblet, a copper ceremonial axis and, among other things, expensive textiles. Due to the amount of effort required to weave one, textiles were considered more valuable than gold and silver in those times. Weaving would sometimes take two to three generations.

After careful examination, it was revealed that while Huarmey Queen spent most of her time sitting, she made great use of her upper body-weaving. It was also evident that this woman was highly praised for her expertise in the subject as her resting place was filled with gold-made weaving tools.

 

#2 A Young Woman Who Lived In The Stone Age About 5500 Years Ago

At the age of 20, this girl died. She was buried on her chest with a baby. Her death was probably caused by difficult childbirth. The DNA is not so well preserved, but it can be said that the people who lived in Brighton (United Kingdom) were not white from other discovered tombs of that period. Their skin color was similar to that of North African modern people.

#3  Estrid Sigfastsdotter

It is assumed that this is Estrid Sigfastdotter, who lived in the AD XI century. She was an influential and rich woman who lived in Taby near Stockholm. A series of runestones found in the burial site tells of her life and family.

For those times, she lived a very long life-about 80 years. This is despite the fact that life expectancy was only 35 years in the Viking Age. The woman’s appearance was restored by the remains found near the runestone, established in honor of her first husband who died in Byzantium. Estrid was probably involved in improving her native land, building roads and bridges.

#4 Adelasius Elbachus

Researchers dubbed Adelaziy Elbakhusom (Adelasius Ebalchus) a young and beautiful man from Switzerland who lived in the VIII century AD. His skeleton shows malnutrition and chronic infections. But, contrary to this, he had healthy, even and beautiful teeth, which was rare for that time. That’s why he was made to smile.

#5 Neanderthal Woman

This lady lived 45-50,000 years ago. Her remains were discovered during excavations in Gibraltar in 1848.

Archeologist Oscar Nilsson notes on his Facebook: “Finally a few words about something I thought about and struggled with, as I saw this Neanderthal face taking shape. How” human “should this face appear? After all, they were not Homo Sapiens. I came to the conclusion that she must have a human glimpse in her eyes. As recent research shows, Europeans share around 2-4 percent of DNA with Neanderthals.

It is interesting to see how the image of the Neanderthals has changed over the years: from being a drooling savage to a highly-skilled competitor to us. Worth to note is also that this new image coincides with the insight that we Europeans share 2-4% DNA with the Neanderthals.”

#6 Viking

The man, allegedly a Swedish Viking, lived at the beginning of the XI century. For the first time to reconstruct the Viking image, it was possible to collect the necessary amount of DNA to recreate the skin, hair, eyes. The man had red hair, blue eyes, and good skin. He died at age 45.

#7  Primitive Neolithic

Built using forensic evidence derived from skeletal analysis, the face is of a 25- to 40-year-old slender man born about 5,500 years ago.

#8  This Is The Face Of A Teenager Who Lived 9,000 Years Ago

Avgi was an 18-year-old girl at 7,000 years before Christ. She lived where modern Greece is today and witnessed the historic time when societies started to hunt for technological innovations, kicking off the agricultural revolution.

#9  A Man Who Lived In Britain In The Saxon Era

He was about 45 years old at the moment of his death. His bones indicate he was a very powerful guy. The person lost a lot of teeth as well as part of the upper jaw due to continuous abscesses. He may have died from the next inflammatory phase. He also had traces of violent acts arising from wounds. Maybe this guy was a soldier when he lived.

#10 Birger Jarl

Sweden’s ruler from 1248 until his death on Oct. 1, 1266 in Västergötland, Sweden.

#11 A Man Who Lived In The Iron Age In Britain

His bones show he lived about 2,400 years ago, and he lived well. The guy was powerful, well-built, and healthy, but he died quite soon-at the age of 24–31 years, like many individuals of that moment. This individual had enjoyable characteristics and a distinctive structure of the tooth-diastema, or shcherbinka. And his folded hair resembles the hairstyle of Germanic tribes called “Swabian knot.”

#12  Woman Of Romano-British Descent

Her remains show that she has lived a hard life, involved in heavy physical labor. She died at about 25–35 years of era. Nails were discovered near the body during the excavation, which can symbolize multiple superstitions. There is data about other bodies of that era, for instance, in the tombs of which nails were also discovered-along the perimeter and in the middle. People probably believed that they would not allow the spirits of the dead to persecute them in this way. Although, maybe, this is merely the consequence of accidentally closing the coffin.

#13  A Man Who Lived About 3,700 Years Ago In The Bronze Age

This person’s skeleton showed evidence of malnutrition and iron deficiency anemia. The man died when he was about 25-35 years old.

#14  The Medieval Middle-Aged Man From The Middle Of Sweden Is Finished

“Finally, the reconstruction of the medieval middle-aged man from the middle of Sweden is finished. Although now it turns out that he may not be that medieval after all. C14-results indicate that he was from somewhere during the period 1470-1630. However, analysis of his skeleton shows that he suffered from so-called os acromiale, a defect in the bones of the shoulder with a clear connection to the heavy one.

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