Aena-hunter who lived in present-day Sweden 7,000 years ago was recently brought to life in a remarkable reconstruction. The blue-eyed woman wears a feather, pillow, itch necklace and a belt made of 130 animal teeth; her dark skin is colored with white patterns and blooms as she sits cross-legged on the "deer" throne.
Her body was found in the eighties of the last century, buried upright in a grave at Skateholm – an archaeological site on Sweden's southern coast – among other burials dating back to 5,500. to 4,600 BC Announced by National Geographic.
Because her corpse was so richly decorated, it is considered that the woman was an important person in her hunter-gatherer community, reports National Geographic. The life-size reconstruction will be unveiled to the public at an exhibition opening November 17 at the Swedish Museum Trelleborg, museum officials it said in a statement.
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Known as the XXII burial by archaeologists, the woman was between 30 and 40 years old when she died and stood 5 feet (2 meters) high. Based on DNA evidence collected from other graves at Skateholm, the researchers determined that people living in the area at that time had light eyes and dark skin, Nat Geo reported.
During this part of the Stone Age, about 10,000 BC to 8000 BC, ancient European people turning to agriculture and abandoning the hunter-gatherer lifestyle. However, burials at Skateholm and elsewhere in Europe indicate that hunter-gatherer groups have existed for nearly 1,000 years after the rise of agriculture, according to Nato.
The hands that made the woman's expressive face belong to Oscar Nilsson, an archaeologist and sculptor who specializes in facial reconstruction. Working on a CT scan of the skull, Nilsson put her face together with her muscles, building her singular expression through layers of cartilage and soft tissue, the statement said.
"The human face is a motive that never fails to fascinate me: the variation of the underlying structure, as well as the variety in detail, seem endless," Nilsson wrote on his website. “And all the faces I reconstruct are unique. They are all individuals. "
During the reconstruction, Nilsson imagined the hunter-gatherer woman as a shaman, he told Nat Geo. Indeed, her ornamental burial suggests that she held "some special position in society", but it is impossible to say for sure what her role is, said Angela Jacobsson, director of the Trelleborg Museum.
In any case, the result is a vivid and dynamic perspective on a woman who died millennia, the piercing directness of her gaze "almost giving us eye contact with the past," the museum said in a statement.
Originally posted on Live Science.