Recently, scientists managed to create the reconstructed face of a teenager who lived 9,000 years ago. This helps shine a new light on what life was like at the dawn of civilization. Moreover, it is a fascinating insight into the human traits and habits from such a long time ago.
Who Was the Teen Behind this Reconstructed Face?
The 18-year-old female was discovered on the current territory of Greece. Her name, Avgi, was given by the archaeologists who found it, and it means Dawn.
They gave her this name because she lived at the dawn of civilization, around 7,000 BCE. At the moment, humans were likely switching from their hunter-gatherers’ statuses to organized societies.
Scientists don’t know how the girl lived and died. Still, the analysis of her bones and teeth showed that she was between 15 and 18 years old. Further information revealed that she was possibly anemic and might have had scurvy.
Moreover, she seems to have struggled with hip and joint problems. This might have contributed to her early death. At an event that took place on January 19 at the Acropolis Museum, the researchers at the University of Athens presented her reconstructed face to the world.
What Did She Look Like?
Apparently, Dawn had prominent cheekbones, a dimpled chin, and a heavy brow. Researchers believe her protruding chin was caused by her chewing on animal skin, which was a common thing at the time.
Moreover, her general expression was an angry one.
“Avgi has very unique, not especially female, skull, and features,” states Oscar Nilsson, a Swedish sculptor and archeologist, who is behind other reconstructed ancient faces.
The team who took care of the reconstructed face did the same thing back in 2011 for Myrtis, an 11-year-old girl. Myrtis was an Athenian girl who lived around 430 BCE, so she probably saw how the Parthenon was built.
Her name is Avgi, and the last time anyone saw her face was nearly 9,000 years ago. Avgi translates to Dawn—a name archaeologists chose because she lived during what’s considered the dawn of civilization. #Greece https://t.co/Gz8TjlSjSl #Archaeology pic.twitter.com/1fkXH96ZwU
— Ticia Verveer (@ticiaverveer) January 20, 2018
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