The skill of some forensic artists, professionals who are dedicated to the Facial reconstruction of the deceased, is awe-inspiring. This time, we want to talk about one professional in particular who, unlike most in forensic science, did not resort to using a computer-aided approach, but instead used his hands.

For Oscar Nilsson, a Swedish archaeologist and sculptor specializing in the reconstruction of human faces, the number of hours spent in each rebuilding could easily add up to 200. Of course, Nilsson does use 3D-printed skulls of his muses to preserve the original skeletal excavations; however, the rest of face sculpting is done by hand.

In 1996, he opened a company called O.D. Nilssons. The company collaborates with museums around the world, helping them restore the faces of people whose graves were discovered during archaeological excavations. Facial reconstruction doesn't only require an artistic touch, but also a vast knowledge of historical facts to make the people seem as natural as can be. "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 the artist on his site.

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#1

Huarmey Queen

Huarmey Queen

In 2012, in the north-west of Peru, a tomb was discovered during excavations by a Polish archeological group. The burial relating to the Indian culture of Wari (later the Empire of the Incas), was a real find for scientists because it was not looted. In the tomb were found the remains of 58 noblewomen of different ages, buried with extraordinary luxuries.
One woman, in particular, nicknamed Huarmey Queen, was buried more extravagantly than others. She was laid to rest in the company of jewelry, and other luxuries, including gold ear flares, a silver goblet, a copper ceremonial axe and, among other things, expensive textiles. In those times, textiles were considered more valuable than gold and silver due to the amount of effort required to weave one. It would sometimes take two to three generations to weave.
After careful examination, it was revealed that while Huarmey Queen spent most of her time sitting, she put her upper body to great use - weaving. It was also evident that this woman was highly praised for her expertise in the subject as her resting place was filled with weaving tools crafted out of gold.

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Erika Jones
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1 year ago

Impressive looking lady - wonderful reconstruction work

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

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

This girl died at the age of 20. She was buried with a baby on her chest. Probably, her death was caused by difficult childbirth. The DNA is not so well preserved, but from other discovered graves of that period, it can be said that the people who lived in Brighton (United Kingdom) were not white. Their skin color was similar to that of modern people from North Africa.

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Richard Pickman
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Picts from R.E. Howard's stories?

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Estrid Sigfastsdotter

Estrid Sigfastsdotter

It is assumed that this is Estrid Sigfastdotter, who lived in the XI century AD. She was an influential and rich woman who lived near Stockholm, in Taby. A series of runestones found in the burial site tells about her life and family.
She lived a very long life for those times - about 80 years. This is despite the fact that in the Viking Age, life expectancy was only 35 years. The appearance of the woman was restored by the remains found near the runestone, established in honor of her first husband, who died in Byzantium. Probably, Estrid was engaged in the improvement of her native land, the construction of roads and bridges.

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Blacksheep
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1 year ago

80 years? Wow, yes, that sure is very impressive for the time.

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Adelasius Elbachus

Adelasius Elbachus

A young and handsome man from Switzerland who lived in the VIII century AD was dubbed Adelaziy Elbakhusom (Adelasius Ebalchus) by researchers. His skeleton indicates malnutrition and chronic infections. But, contrary to this, he had healthy, even and beautiful teeth, which is rare for that time. That is why he was made smiling.

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Andres Tejeda
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1 year ago

Hugh Jackman's ancestor?

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Neanderthal Woman

Neanderthal Woman

This lady lived about 45-50,000 years ago. Her remains were discovered during excavations in 1848 in Gibraltar.
On his Facebook, archaeologist Oscar Nilsson notes: "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."

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Catlady6000
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1 year ago

There are people with these same features. A guy I worked with could be her son.

jan djo
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1 year ago

you mean alfred e. neuman?

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Jesper Rasmussen
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1 year ago

As a science teacher I use these facts when I teach about evolution. In the last five years or so some teenagers have started to have very racist views (in Denmark), and they always come with stupid ideas in class about Africans being ‘stupid’. I then tell them that we here in Europe mixed our genes with neanderthals - the Africans didn’t, so in a way Africans are the ‘purest’ of us. Obviously none are more ‘pure’ than the other, but the racists hate it.

ChickyChicky
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1 year ago

This is disturbing to hear. I want to believe that young people are smarter than that, but I'm hearing more and more racist things from youth around the world.

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Chris Challis
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1 year ago

contrary to popular belief, Neanderthals were quite intelligent and not the savages that are often depicted..

Thayne Alexander
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1 year ago

Yup. That is correct. They are far more complex than most think. And we are learning more all the time.

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Pretty Pangolin
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1 year ago

She looks skeptical. "Thousands of years after I die, someone will make a figure of me?"

Ted Waterfall
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1 year ago

As I understood it, Neanderthals are now classified as homo sapien Neanderthal as opposed to homo sapien sapien.

AnnieLaurie Burke
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1 year ago

A great read by an eminent scientist that will dispel your Neanderthal stereotypes is "The Humans Who Went Extinct: Why Neanderthals Died Out and We Survived" by Clive Finlayson.

Robert Feyerharm
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1 year ago

She's thinking "Oh no, not another Cro-Magnon guy who wants to share his DNA with me." :-/

Randomcthulu
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1 year ago

My family has rose gold (not pink, look it up) hair that shows up every few generations. I'm the lucky one this go round, am happy for my Neanderthal DNA.

Jonny Chevalier
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1 year ago

I've seen women that look like her and some men as well..

Donald Sikes
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1 year ago

homo sapiens neanderthalensis

Nancy Harper
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1 year ago

why does everyone think Neanderthals were drooling savages? If they were really that stupid they wouldn't have survived long enough for us to share any DNA with them, they would have died out before that would have ever happened.

Aaron Hallenbeck
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1 year ago

What kind of argument is that? Of course they were "smart" enough to survive, just like monkeys, squirrels, rats, fish, molluscs... every species on the planet. Wether they were "drooling savages" or not, well, I've seen a lot of homo sapiens that could be described that way as well.

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Chris Challis
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1 year ago

contrary to general belief Neanderthals were quite intelligent and not so much savages as has been depicted.

Nora H.
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1 year ago

Idk much about it, but I read that they didn't have a vocal language. So it must al least have been more difficult for them to pass on theoretical knowledge and information.

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The Frog
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1 year ago

I also know people who look like her.

Sunzilla
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1 year ago

I know people who look like her. I think the archaeologists need to reevaluate their percentages.

CR82
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1 year ago

Wow!!

Simple Sundae
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1 year ago

Sapien. No homo

Miss_Olivia
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1 year ago

Studies show people with red hair are 2% Neanderthal

Miss Cris
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1 year ago

In fact, it's more than 4%, depending on the area in Europe

Bobby Mitra
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1 year ago

All white people are essentially Neanderthal. Not 2-4 %. 😊Someday we will get there.

Kimberly Koch
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1 year ago

woahhh. This is fascinating

Rajan Hariharan
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1 year ago

She is so beautiful and strong looking.

Rajan Hariharan
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1 year ago

She is so beautiful and strong.

Laurie Lenz
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1 year ago

"How "human" should this face appear? They were not Homo Sapiens after all." Yeah right. Let's falsify the 3D model to keep the fairy tale alive that we evolved.

keenan kovacs
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1 year ago

Humans are Homo sapiens sapiens and neanderthals are Homo sapiens neanderthalensis, we are subspecies are are therefore very closely related so it makes sense that they would look very similar. They are not falsifying the 3d model. If you do not understand evolution or biology maybe you shouldn't comment about it.

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Chris Armstrong
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1 year ago

How can these people have light skin when white skin didnt come into existence into 6000 yrs ago?

Sandi Hurd
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1 year ago

6000 years? What do you base that on? Neanderthals have always been portrayed with light skin.

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mariantoniapd
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1 year ago

Nany McPhee about to sneeze!

Leslea Freeman
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12 months ago

Reminds me of Teresa Giudice face. lol

Ann Ortiz
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1 year ago

So how did neanderthals/homo sapien mixture reproduction if their offspring were enfertal?

Jean-Bob Ildanach
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1 year ago

I am sorry to say but Neanderthals were Homo Sapiens!! They were Homo Sapiens Neanderthalensis where we are Homo Sapiens sapiiens. ( twice which should indicate better????)

Camilla Marthedal Knudsen
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1 year ago

I am from Denmark and we once had a prime minister (Anders Fogh Rasmussen) who could have been her father by the looks (and policies ) of him.

Joann Casey
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1 year ago

Reminds me of Sid James from the Carry on films

TC
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1 year ago

I'd like to see her with a colourful dress and high heels...

Raph cuddy
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1 year ago

i know this kid called eric, now i know his mother

Rosco Schmitt
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1 year ago

Should read 96% to 98% DNA match? or all but 2-4%? otherwise homeo-sapiens would be more closely related to chimpanzees at a 94% match.

Rosco Schmitt
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1 year ago

Should read "all but" 2 - 4% DNA? With only 2% DNA match, Reproduction would be improbable?

What am i doing here
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1 year ago (edited)

According to my 23 and me kit, I’m like, 50% Neanderthal or something XD which is pretty weird they had to mention that this is really cool though

Stuart Smith
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1 year ago

I reckon she's still around.....

Sarah Britt
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1 year ago

2-4% doesn't seem like very much to me but I'm not particularly educated on DNA and how it relates between different species so what do I know. I just figured we shared a lot more than just 2-4%.

Sandi Hurd
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1 year ago

Neanderthals are more of a subspecies than a different species. Different species cannot reproduce. Think of it as a nationality. In very basic terms saying I am 4% Neanderthals is like saying I am 4% Italian.

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Jon Mullen
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1 year ago

Why doesn't this Woman have the same coloured skin as #2?

Sandi Hurd
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1 year ago

The woman in #2 was a descendant of modern humans where as Neanderthals had light skin

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Vassal Colony
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1 year ago

You could give it to her up the nostril

Justgail Jones
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1 year ago

For some reason I think that in the future when we learn more that the story of Homo sapiens will be rewritten.

Charles Whittle
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1 year ago

I've seen a woman who looks like that at WalMart!

What am i doing here
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1 year ago

How interesting 🙄

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Jim McClaren
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1 year ago

have they ever found a nubian neanderthal? isnt that racist? lol

Phyllis Brown
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1 year ago

I saw a picture of a modern Russian wrestler, who looked much more like the usual portrayals of Neanderthals, with the very heavy brow ridge, sloped back forehead, coarser features, etc.

Allan Bowron
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1 year ago

daded her

Hannah Bumbley
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1 year ago

She looks like that chick from The Croods smh

G.
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1 year ago

Aloi

Debra Timah
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1 year ago

freckles? I've never heard anything about DNA of freckles - origin and such

Mark Ortiz-Carrasco
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1 year ago

They just recovered the first full strand of DNA from a Neanderthal this year! To claim that we share 204% DNA with them cannot be substantiated. Another study says that we share 0% DNA with the Neanderthal. Saying something that isn't true, just so your article looks good, doesn't make it any less a lie!

Warwick Lewis
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1 year ago

Where are you getting this info about no shared DNA from ?? I have read a lot lately saying they have identified the time frame it occurred.

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Guinevere
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So we share 50 % of our DNA with a banana, but only 2 - 4 % with Neanderthals? I don't buy that one.

Lacey Sutton
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1 year ago

Correct. What they mean is that Europeans have been found to have 2-4% of their Gene inherited from Neanderthal ancestors. Humans as a species share 99.6% of our genome with the two species of chimpanzee, and so we probably overall share nearly 100% with Neanderthal and are only differing in some specific genes and especially in the coding regions controlling their expression.

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Viking

Viking

The man, who allegedly was a Swedish Viking, lived at the beginning of the XI century. For the first time for the reconstruction of the Viking image, it was possible to collect the necessary amount of DNA to recreate the skin, hair, eyes. The man had red hair, blue eyes, and fair skin. He died at the age of 45.

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Catlady6000
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1 year ago

O,G, that's my landlord!

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Primitive Neolithic

Primitive Neolithic

Constructed using forensic evidence derived from skeletal analysis, the face is of a 25- to 40-year-old slender man born around 5,500 years ago.

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Erika Jones
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1 year ago

Ouch! Don't pluck my beard hairs!

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#8

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

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

At 7000 years before Christ, Avgi was an 18-year-old girl. She lived where modern Greece is today, and witnessed the historic moment when societies began trade hunting for technological inventions, kicking off the agricultural revolution.

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Erika Jones
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1 year ago

She looks angry. I wonder why she died so young?

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A Man Who Lived In Britain In The Saxon Era

A Man Who Lived In Britain In The Saxon Era

At the time of his death, he was about 45 years old. His bones suggest that he was a very strong man. Due to permanent abscesses, the man lost a lot of teeth, as well as part of the upper jaw. It is possible that he died from the next inflammatory process. He also had traces of injuries resulting from violent acts. Perhaps, this man was a soldier when he lived.

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Richard Pickman
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1 year ago

His face reminds me statues of Vercingetorix, Celtic king and leader of his people against Roman empire.

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#10

Birger Jarl

Birger Jarl

The ruler of Sweden from 1248 until his death on Oct. 1, 1266, in Västergötland, Sweden.

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jenjie.newt
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1 year ago

Willem Dafoe looks so scared!

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A Man Who Lived In The Iron Age In Britain

A Man Who Lived In The Iron Age In Britain

His bones indicate that he lived about 2,400 years ago, and he lived well. The man was strong, well-built and healthy, but, like many people of that time, died quite early - at the age of 24–31 years. This person had pleasant features and a unique tooth structure - diastema, or shcherbinka. And his folded hair has a resemblance to the hairstyle of Germanic tribes called “Swabian knot”.

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Richard Pickman
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1 year ago

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suebian_knot

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Woman Of Romano-British Descent

Woman Of Romano-British Descent

Her remains indicate that she lived a difficult life, engaged in heavy physical labor. She died at about the age of 25–35. During the excavation, nails were found near the body, which can symbolize various superstitions. For example, there is information about other dead of that period, in the graves of which nails were also found - along the perimeter and in the center. Probably, people believed that in this way, they would not allow the spirits of the dead to persecute them. Although, perhaps, this is simply the result of inadvertently closing the coffin.

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Milena
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How do you even begin with inadvertently closing coffins while dispersing dead people's nails in perimeters and centers??

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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

The skeleton of this person showed evidence of malnutrition and iron deficiency anemia. The man died when he was about 25–35 years old.

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Richard Pickman
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1 year ago

Interesting tattoos.

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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." - says the archeologist.

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mcsa student
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1 year ago

oh good lord he looks like a Karen

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