A Stone Age man has been given a very modern makeover thanks to facial recreation technology.
In 2012, archaeologists uncovered an underwater Stone Age burial site in Motala, Sweden dating back 8,000 years.
The site contained the skulls of 11 adults and one infant, but only one adult and the infant had intact jaws, Live Science reported.
Two of the skulls with missing jaws had been placed on stakes that would have stuck out of the water.
There were also numerous animal jawbones at the burial site, including those of bears, wild boars, moose and deer.
Stone Age man
Thanks to a forensic artist based in Sweden, we know have a better idea of what a Stone Age male from the Mesolithic period might have looked like.
Oscar Nilsson recreated the bust of one of the jawless skulls using facial recreation technology.
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First, he did a CT scan of the skull, which produced a virtual 3D image.
Then he used data from the CT scan to print a plastic replica of the skull using a 3D printer.
Nilsson “made” a jaw for the Stone Age man based on the measurements of the skull.
An earlier DNA analysis had revealed that the man probably had dark brown hair and blue eyes and was likely aged in his 50s.
The skull had a 2.5cm long wound on its head, a sign of blunt force trauma, but the scar had healed before the man died – so the blow hadn’t killed him.
So Nilsson created scar tissue for the wound and gave him short brown hair that showed the location of the wound.
The bust is now on display at vthe Charlottenborg Manor House in Motala, Sweden.
In the past, Nilsson has also recreated an ancient Wari queen whose remains were found in Peru, and an 18-year-old Stone Age woman from Greece.