A forensic artist is someone who reconstructs the faces of the deceased by graphic art. Some of their work can be incredibly impressive. A lot of forensic artists use computer programs to help them recreate faces, however, this particular artist uses his own hands.
The artist we’re talking about is Oscar Nilsson, a Swedish archaeologist, and sculptor who specializes in reconstructing human faces. Each reconstructed face can take him up to 200 hours of work. Nilsson 3D-prints the skulls to preserve the original foundings but for the rest of the work, he uses his hands.
Nilsson started his own company in 1996, called O.D. Nilssons. He helps museums restore the faces of people whose graves were discovered during archaeological foundings. “The human face is a motif that never ceases to fascinate me: the variation of the underlying structure as well as the variety in details seem endless. And all the faces I reconstruct are unique. They are all individuals” – says Nilssen on his site.
During excavations in the North-West of Peru in 2012, a tomb was found by a Polish archeological group. What they found was extremely valuable because it was still intact. They found a burial relating to the Indian Culture of Ware (Empire of the Incas); 58 noblewomen of several ages buried with many luxuries inside of a tomb.
One particular woman was found buried with a lot more luxuries than others, she was nicknamed Huarmey Queen. By her side, they found gold ear flares, a silver goblet, and a copper ceremonial ax, among many other extravagant things. Back in those days, these items were of more value than silver or gold because of the effort required to make them. Sometimes it would take 2 or 3 generations to weave them.
After detailed research, archaeologists found out that Huarmey Queen spent most of her time weaving. Most likely, she was much valued and praised because of her expertise, seeing that her grave was filled with tools weaved out of gold.
5500 years ago this young woman lived in The Stone Age
This young girl only lived up to the age of 20. She most likely died of childbirth, considering that she was buried with her baby on her chest. Based on discoveries from graves of that period, they found that people who lived in Brighton, UK, were not white. This woman’s DNA wasn’t well preserved, however, because of the discoveries of the other graves they knew that her skin color matches that of modern-day North-African people.
She died around the age of 80, which was exceptionally old for those days. Life expectancy was only 35 years old during the Viking Age. Remains of Estrid were found near the runestones and that is how they could restore her image. Her first husband died in Byzantium. Most likely, Estrid spent her days improving her native country by construction of bridges and roads.
Oscar Nilsson says the following on his Facebook page: “Finally a few words on something I thought of and struggled with, as I saw this Neanderthal face take shape. How “human” should this face appear? They were not Homo Sapiens after all. I came to the conclusion that she must have a human glimpse in her eyes. As recent research show, Europeans share around 2-4 % DNA with Neanderthals. So they must have been so much alike us, otherwise, the offspring would not have been fertile.
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.”
A teenager 9,000 years ago
A Man Who Lived In Britain In The Saxon Era
A Brittish man from The Iron Age
Woman Of Romano-British Descent
A Man Who Lived About 3,700 Years Ago In The Bronze Age
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 he may not be that medieval after all. C14-results indicates that he is from somewhere during the period of 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 heavy use of longbow-shooting! So, maybe it is possible to narrow the time span to 1470-1540, as longbows gradually fell out of fashion to use during the mid 16th century.” – according to the archeologist.