Experts Reveal Face of 7,000-Year-Old Woman in Athens



The remains of Myrtis, a young girl, was discovered in Athens. Her reconstruction caused a sensation in 2010.

 

 

History came to life on Friday in Athens, when scientists revealed the face of a woman who lived in central Greece 7,000 years ago.

The reconstruction of the face of “Avgi”; a teenager who lived in 7,000 BC, was revealed at the Acropolis Museum during an event bringing together scientists lecturing about the aspects of life in Mesolithic Greece.

The remains of the girl named by orthodontist Manolis Papagrigorakis and his team after the dawn (“avgi”) of civilization in Greece, were found in 1993 in the cave of Theopetra in central Greece.

The reconstruction of her features involved an international team and a Swedish laboratory, specializing in human reconstructions.

Theopetra chief archaeologist Nina Kyparissi-Apostolika told Athens-Macedonian News Agency at an earlier interview, that the remains provide the first confirmed existence of a Mesolithic human in Thessaly.

During the event at the Acropolis Museum on Friday night, professor Papagrigorakis presented a video of the steps in the reconstruction of what proved to be an “exceptionally well-preserved skull and teeth.”

Examination of the bones indicate that the skeleton was that of a 15-year-old, while the teeth showed she was “18 years old, give or take a year.”

Among medical indications found in the remains, were that she was suffering from anemia and lack of vitamins, although he warned that all findings were preliminary.

This is the second reconstruction after “Myrtis” that the dentist and his team undertake, with more to come.

(Source: AMNA)


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