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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1 year ago

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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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#4

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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CR82
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1 year ago

Wow!!

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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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#7

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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James MacTavish
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1 year ago

Mom! You just don’t get the agricultural revolution! I am going to plow fields with Gerrrgh. Hunting and gathering is for squares. I don’t care what you say b*tch!

Stina Kolling
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1 year ago

Back then an 18 year old was a grown woman with a few children.

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Anne
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1 year ago

-9millenial :)

Miss Cris
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1 year ago

:D

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Jesper Rasmussen
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1 year ago

Some see the start of agriculture as THE most important technological revolusion in history! It meant that we had extra enegy to develop further and share new ideas with others. Before we used all energy to get food, and being nomades we didn’t meet others very often.

Sarah Britt
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1 year ago

I think the "teenage scowl" is pretty universal, regardless of what part of the world you're living in. And going by this, it's nothing new and has probably been around since the dawn of man and the very first teens 😂😂😂 I can just imagine it now, a teenage caveman/woman rolling their eyes with an exaggerated sigh or pitching a complete fit cuz her caveparents are being like totally unfair.

Terry Gasca
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1 year ago

Kristen Stewart..... oh, but this one has some expression.

Suzan Cartwright
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1 year ago

So we haven't bred out the "know-it-all, eye-roll smirk" they all seem to still have?

Dorothy Parker
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1 year ago

Frances McDormand's ancestor. Great facial structure.

Candice
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1 year ago

You know nothing Giánnis Chióni !

Jackie Young
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1 year ago

Being on guard, thats what she reminds me of. No faults looks.

Monika Soffronow
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1 year ago

But I already told you. I want a smoother stone! Not this crap. No one takes me seriously.

Alex K
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1 year ago

(Avgi means dawn in greek and its a not-so-common greek name) they should have her rolling her eyes while playing with a stone cellphone

Erika Jones
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1 year ago

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

Anita Holleufer
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1 year ago

Teenage angst no doubt

Traci Eaton
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1 year ago

Interesting that she looks like a worn down woman. Which she was, she probably had three or four pregnancies before the age of 20 and was responsible for foraging and feeding a family on a daily basis plus small game hunting and fishing. It would be interesting of more information, such as how she died were available.

Prashant Karnath
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1 year ago

That chin alone could defeat Thanos!!

WillemPenn
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1 year ago

World's first emo.

Martin Forbes
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1 year ago

She looks like she she can really handle herself when needed and really walk the walk in ways modern 18 yrs olds can even dream about.

Martin Forbes
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1 year ago

She looks like she want take any hassle from anyone who tries to give it and could really walk the walk when needed.

Dianne Haist
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1 year ago

same look of distancing herself to forge own identity

Patrick Shore
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1 year ago

...the wrong woman

Makayla Bolton
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1 year ago

She looks human but at the same time... there’s something off

Marika Moor
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1 year ago

18 just recently was not a girl anymore. And definitely not teenager.

Miriam Hirsch
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1 year ago

She doesn't look like a teenager, she looks in her early 30s.

Anita Holleufer
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1 year ago

Definitely teenage angst!

John Pratt
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1 year ago

Frances McDormand

Marcy Broder
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1 year ago

Damn, they had 'attitude' then, too!

Sarah Britt
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1 year ago

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Jonny Chevalier
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1 year ago (edited)

she looks as happy as some of the teeagers of today..

Robin Kemper
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1 year ago

I make that face sometimes in math class too. Lol!

Jim McClaren
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1 year ago

very rough but beautiful in her own way. i like these reconstructions.

Neal McKenna
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1 year ago

This is a "no date for the Prom" face

Allan Bowron
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1 year ago

lookslike a smart tough monan

Killer Beezer
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1 year ago

That face you make when you're about to flip a table...

Tomas Gutierrez
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1 year ago

She looks like she’s about to fight a Xenomorph queen on LV 426

KatKaleen
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1 year ago

Was the "pissed" look real? Maybe a massive underbite? Or she scowls at the missing of a "to".

Amaranthim Talon
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1 year ago

She looks rather miffed-

Monty Glue
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1 year ago

All the tude all the time. (attitude)

Rachel Norwood
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1 year ago

I see teenagers were just as pouty then as they are now! :)

Rachel Norwood
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1 year ago

I see teenagers were just as pouty then as they are now!

Peter Griffindor
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1 year ago

Miss Dipesto from Moonlighting

Yuda Tomo
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1 year ago

surely look like south asian woman in tropical region

Mary Fitzsimons
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1 year ago

shouldnt she be brown too?

Warwick Lewis
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1 year ago

Greeks don't need to be indoctrinated that they were black we are allowed to view them as they probably were

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Patricia Hill
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1 year ago

Good Lord, that's my ex-sister-in-law... Only she was more angry looking with that stubborn jaw...

Jonna Connelly
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1 year ago

We share 2-4% of our DNA with Neanderthals but 99% with chimps? I don't understand!

Silja Hare
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1 year ago

It's called downgrading

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Pretty Pangolin
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1 year ago

Reminds me of that female MMA fighter - sorry, can't bring her name to mind.

Soozie Poozie
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1 year ago

Angsty teen... some things never change!

Shane Chang
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1 year ago

"before Christ"? I thought these were scientist.

Jo Choto
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1 year ago

So the teenagers were angry back then as well...

Cindy Snow
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1 year ago

Looks like it Mrs Obama and Sigourney Weaver mated!

Miguel DeLeon
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1 year ago

Looks like one of those tough female footballers.

Tiny Dynamine
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1 year ago

Before Christ! :D :D :D

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#9

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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