Scientists have recreated the face of a young Greek woman who lived 9 thousand years ago

Scientists have recreated the face of a young Greek woman who lived 9 thousand years ago

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The skull of this girl was found in the Theopetra cave in Greece. According to the assessment of the condition of the teeth, she was from 15 to 18 years old. And judging by the facial features of this young person, recreated with the help of tomography and computer modeling, even teenage girls in ancient Greece were very harsh.

Scientists have recreated the face of a young Greek woman who lived 9 thousand years ago

Experts from the University of Athens presented in the New Acropolis Museum a portrait of a girl who lived 9,000 years ago during the Mesolithic period on the territory of modern Greece. Her remains were discovered in 1993 in the Theopetra cave in the Greek Meteors, which has been inhabited by humans for thousands of years. The remains belong to the period of transition of the ancient population of this region from hunters, nomads and gatherers to a settled life society and the cultivation of their own products and crops.

Scientists called the girl Avgi (translated into Russian — "dawn"), since she lived at the dawn of civilization. The condition of the teeth indicates that at the time of death she could have been 18 years old, and the condition of the bones is more typical for a 15-year-old teenager.

Scientists have recreated the face of a young Greek woman who lived 9 thousand years ago

This is Augie — a 15-year-old (or 18-year-old) resident of Ancient Greece, whose appearance was recreated with the help of modern technology

A neurologist, a pathologist, an endocrinologist, an orthopedist, a radiologist, an orthodontist, as well as an archaeologist and a sculptor who specializes in reconstruction were involved in painstaking work to restore the appearance. Specialists conducted computer tests, in particular tomography. Then, using a 3D printer, they received an exact copy of the scan results. To determine the color of the skin and eyes, general information about the inhabitants of this region was used. The reconstruction of the skull showed the woman's powerful cheekbones, heavy eyebrows and a dimple on her chin. In general, the face looks belligerent and courageous.

The study was led by Swedish archaeologist and specialist in exterior reconstruction Oskar Nilsson. He has repeatedly restored the facial features of people who lived in the Stone Age.

Among other things, his team reconstructed the appearance of an Athenian teenage girl, Myrtis, who died at the age of 11 from typhus. Avgi is "older" than Myrtis by 6,500 years, the causes of her death are unknown.

Scientists have recreated the face of a young Greek woman who lived 9 thousand years ago

11-year-old girl Myrtis from Athens, who died around 430 BC during a typhus epidemic

The results of these two works clearly demonstrate how the appearance of the ancient Greeks has changed over 6500 years. If Avgi is somewhat reminiscent of Ripley in the most intense moments of the movie "Alien", then Mirtis is much more like modern teenagers.

Keywords: Greece | Girls | Face | Reconstruction | Scientists | Skull

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