This Is How The People Who Lived Thousands Of Years Before Us Really Looked Like According To Archeologist

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.

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#1

Huarmey Queen

Huarmey Queen 

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.

Oscar Nilsson

#2

5500 years ago this young woman lived in The Stone Age

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

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.

Oscar Nilsson

#3

Estrid Sigfastsdotter

Estrid Sigfastsdotter

This lady is assumed to be Estrid Sigfastdotter, who was alive in the XI century AD. She lived in Taby, near Stockholm and was a rich and influential woman. The information that was found about her came from a series of runestones found in the burial site.

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

#4

Adelasius Elbachus

Adelasius Elbachus

Nicknamed Adelaziy Elbakhusom (Adelasius Ebalchus) by researchers, this good looking young man lived in Switzerland in the VII century AD. Most likely, he died from chronic infections and malnutrition. However, his reconstruction shows a handsome, healthy young man who even had nice teeth (which was rare for that time).

Oscar Nilsson

#5

Neanderthal Woman

Neanderthal Woman

This woman’s remains were found in 1848 in Gibraltar. According to researchers, she lived about 45,000 to 50,000 years ago.

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.”

Oscar Nilsson

#6

Viking

Viking

This man lived at the beginning of the XI century and was probably a Swedish Viking. This is the first Viking of whom it was possible to recreate the skin, hair, and eyes because there was enough DNA. He died at the age of 45 and had red hair, blue eyes, and a fair skin tone.

Oscar Nilsson

#7

Primitive Neolithic

Primitive Neolithic

This face belonged to a lean man who was born around 5,500 years ago. He was 25 to 40 years old and forensic evidence was used for this reconstruction.

Oscar Nilsson

#8

A teenager 9,000 years ago

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

This 18-year-old girl named Avgi was born 7,000 years ago in modern Greece. Here she was witness to a historic moment where societies started the agricultural revolution.

Oscar Nilsson

#9

A Man Who Lived In Britain In The Saxon Era

A Man Who Lived In Britain In The Saxon Era

This man died around the age of 45 years old. His bone structure tells us he could possibly have been a very strong man. However, he did lose several teeth and part of his upper jaw due to abscesses. He possibly died from an inflammatory process. On top of this, he also had several injuries caused by violent acts. He could have been a soldier.

Oscar Nilsson

#10

Birger Jarl

Birger Jarl

This is Birger Jarl. He was the ruler of Sweden from 1248 until 1266 when he died. He was fromVästergötland, Sweden.

Oscar Nilsson

#11

A Brittish man from The Iron Age

A Man Who Lived In The Iron Age In Britain

This strong, well-built man lived about 2,400 years ago, as indicated by his bones. Despite seeming to be healthy, he died between the age of 24 and 31. His hairstyle resembles that of Germanic tribes and is called the “Swabian knot”.

Oscar Nilsson

#12

Woman Of Romano-British Descent

Woman Of Romano-British Descent

This woman presumably didn’t lead an easy life; she engaged in heavy physical labor and died between 25 and 35. When her skeleton was found, they also found nails near her skeleton. This could mean a number of things. For instance, it could be a superstitious act to prevent the dead from harassment.

Oscar Nilsson

#13

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

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

This man died between 25 – 35 and according to research, he died of malnutrition and iron deficiency anemia.

Oscar Nilsson

#14

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

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.

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