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.
#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.