Meet Avgi, an ancient badass!
Once warm and alive nearly 9,000 years ago, she lived her life in Greece during the end of the Mesolithic period around 7000 B.C. The civilization were transitioning from being hunter gatherers to food cultivators.
Avgi translates to Dawn in English as archaeologists find it appropriate give that she lived during what's considered the dawn of civilization. They're not very sure of how she lived and died but with the meticulous reconstruction, they know how she had prominent cheekbones, heavy brow, and dimpled chin.
A team of endocrinologist, orthopedist, neurologist, pathologist, and radiologist had to work hand and hand to accurately reveal how Avgi looked like and how our facial features have changed over the millennia. Led by orthodontist Manolis Papagrigorakis, he said the she's around 15 years old with her teeth indicating that she's 18 "give or take a year".
They also worked with Oscar Nilsson, a Swedish archaeologist and sculptor who specializes in reconstructions. Starting with her skull, which was unearthed in 1993 at Theopetra cave, they took a CT scan of it and then used a 3D printer to create an exact replica of the scan's measurements. "Onto this copy pegs are glued, reflecting the thickness of the flesh at certain anatomical points of the face," he says. And they're up for their magic and created such handsome face.
"Avgi has very unique, not especially female, skull, and features," says Nilsson. "Having reconstructed a lot of Stone Age women and men, I think some facial features seem to have disappeared or 'smoothed out' with time. In general, we look less masculine, both men and women, today."
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