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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katarina
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1 year ago

she's beautiful!

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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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Maria Rohlen
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1 year ago (edited)

Some actually reached the age of 90 or more. A low life expectancy is because many died young as children, in childbirth, malnutrition, escapades, accidents and so on.

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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.

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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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Aramis Starfish
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1 year ago

Neolithic Jim Carrey!

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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!

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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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tinklyatom
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1 year ago

He must have been in terrible pain from the abscesses.. Poor man..

Pretty Pangolin
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1 year ago

Yes, we take antibiotics for granted, but they're shockingly recent. Before that it was herbal poultices and possibly leeches or maggots.

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Peter Griffindor
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1 year ago

Dave Crosby looks great

James MacTavish
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1 year ago

If only I could be born a few thousand years later, so I could buy a Harley!

Oerff On Tour
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1 year ago

Asterix, is that you?

Miss_Olivia
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1 year ago

I was waiting for someone to say that

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Brandy Grote
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1 year ago

David Crosby will sing you a Saxon song!

James MacTavish
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1 year ago

The Sax sez, “Business in the front, party in the back!”

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.

Karima Taouil
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1 year ago

Obelix is that you?

Nicky OldfieldDesciple
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1 year ago

If you discount the long hair, he looks like David Crosby.

Mindy Keys
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1 year ago

"Central Casting? Yes, I need a Saxon please." "No problem, got you covered."

Miss Cris
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1 year ago

I like the love, sensibility and humanity that put the artist in his reconstructions. Thank you.

Miss Cris
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1 year ago

He'd like to ride a harley while listening ac/dc

Elizabeth BUCHAN-KIMMERLY
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1 year ago

David Crosbie is older than I thought.

Celeste King
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1 year ago

He wasn't no fortunate one no.

Bored Llama
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1 year ago

Thats a nice mustache you got there buddy

Valereee
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1 year ago

He reminds me of an old boyfriend !

Miss Cris
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1 year ago

How he knows about the moustache?

Jack Druery
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1 year ago

Looks like me

Miss Cris
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1 year ago

Give us a photo, please! :D

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Francesco G.
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1 year ago

I find it ironic that the saxons were pre viking , vikings that moved to britain became christians and soft...then 200-300 years later were raided by their own kind who they thought of these crazy barbaric heathens. Proof. Religion makes you soft.

Kat Khatib
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1 year ago

I still think he looks like a Rock Star...probably Heavy Metal!!

Kevin Carden
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1 year ago

Lemmy Killmister’s 30th-great-grandfather?

Miguel DeLeon
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1 year ago

Ancestor of Lemmy!

Ian Savage
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1 year ago

“His bones suggest he was a very strong man”...that’s what you get roadie-ing for Black Sabbath.

Tiggy Sagar
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1 year ago

George Galloway

Dancing Pandas
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1 year ago

he had an earing??

Jenny Lorenz
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1 year ago

I know of several bikers that look like that

Adrijana Radosevic
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1 year ago

Omg it's asterix???

Khalil Ford
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1 year ago

Looks like a biker

Sam Leigh
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1 year ago

Before Ibread his bio - thought his face made him look like a soccer hooligan and sounds like he could have been

Saulo Frota
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1 year ago

He looks like a random Asterix character.

Peter Bear
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1 year ago

Whoa. I've got a friend whose dad looks exactly like this guy. Mustache and all.

Patrick Shore
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1 year ago

...the father- inlaw

Linda Zook
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1 year ago

omg i knew this man. he died on cancer.

Miss Cris
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1 year ago

I thought the metal era was related to technology, but it's music! Oups, not metal era but later...

Sharon OE
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1 year ago

I thought it was Robin Williams

Judy Crozier
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1 year ago

what an awful way to go

Jack Druery
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1 year ago

Looks like me 😂😂😂

What am i doing here
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1 year ago

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Greg Dill
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1 year ago

Britain. Bad teeth then. Things still haven't changed.

Andi Arbeit
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1 year ago

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Andi Arbeit
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1 year ago

The condition of teeth seems to be an everlasting problem in GB. ;)

Miss Cris
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1 year ago

DNA is still there....

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Monique Wright
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1 year ago

David Crosby?!

Laura Enez
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1 year ago

Looks like David Crosby before he went grey.

Janet Aldrich
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1 year ago

David Crosby!

Humphrey Blogut
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1 year ago

David Crosby?

Van Evanson
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1 year ago

Charles Bronson

Gracie Tee
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1 year ago

David Crosby ancestor?

Lorin Barnard
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1 year ago

David Crosby?

enjoyinglife
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1 year ago

There is a Harley rider on my street that has to be a relative! Looks just like him.

Loretto McCartney
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1 year ago

He looks like David Crosby before heroin and jail

Donna Paine
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1 year ago

David Crosby!

Justgail Jones
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1 year ago

Hop over to the Facebook page to see a video of this guy. Was worth it for the realism.

Mini Skafsgaard
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1 year ago

my first thought was, he looks like asterix

Mary Cockrell
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1 year ago

David Crosby!!

Jackie Wacky
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1 year ago

Another metal fan from the Midlands!

Michael Sharpe
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1 year ago

wasn't he in Asterix goes to Britain?

Allan Bowron
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1 year ago

looks meanand tough wood not want to confront him but could

Lilly Pomar
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1 year ago

Asterix?

KatKaleen
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1 year ago

We know nothing.

Silja Hare
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1 year ago

Obelix!

G.
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1 year ago

He's a pirate!

chiizkake
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1 year ago

I think DNA from Gallagher's "bad boy" phase got mixed in there by accident.

jamie1707
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1 year ago

He looks like David Crosby.

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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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Neon Petra
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1 year ago

Woah.

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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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Stina Kolling
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1 year ago

"Diastema" means a gap in his teeth, and Shcherbinka comes up as a town in Russia. I got nothing. Gaps between one's teeth are not that unusual.

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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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Olga Posedaru
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1 year ago

Looks like a Bronze Age Arya Stark :)

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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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