This is the face of a young farmer who lived in Stone Age Sweden.

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What did the men and women who lived before us look like? What were the features of their faces, were they similar to what we wear, or did they have features that would make them easily recognizable in the crowd today? What differences were characteristic of the populations? The answers to these questions are difficult, if not impossible, to imagine when the general public is watching. scull several thousand years old, through the window of the museum.

The job of the medical examiner is precisely to reconstruct in 3D and virtually or physically the appearance of populations or variety is now missing. If his work in anthropology is mainly based on the anatomical characteristics of the skeletons, however, there is always a part of the reconstruction, which almost always depends on the interpretation of the artist. This is especially true for determining hair color and eyes people though some rare genetic studies have already made it possible to determine these characteristics in specific populations.

very personal traits

The remains of Lagmansoren’s wife come from a province in northern Sweden called Medelpad and date back nearly 4,000 years. They were discovered during construction road in 1923 next to the remains of a small child about seven years old. Communication between these two people could not be established due to poor preservation. DNAso it could be brother and cur or mother and her son. This interpretation was chosen by the artists to reconstruct the face of the woman from Lagmansøren. Both men were buried in a coffin-shaped grave made of flat stones. The woman was about five feet tall, in her thirties when she died, and the remains show no signs of illness, injury, or malnutrition.

Part of the back of the skull is missing, but the uncovered whole allows the artists to suggest a facial reconstruction of this woman fromstone Age. First, they scanned the skull and reproduced it using 3D printer in order to be able to interact with morphology without damage to the bones. One of the artists, Oskar Nilsson, explains, for example, that he notices the fact that the woman had a vertical and very steep forehead, characteristic of female foreheads (see video below). He also notices glabella rounded, which he says is more of a masculine trait. He also points out that the cheekbones are not prominent and that the woman was slightly undershot. In the absence of DNA data, artist Oskar Nilsson relied on previous anthropological research to determine some elements of Lagmansoren’s wife’s appearance.

He did indeed attribute to him the brown eyes and brown hair, as well as the fair skin characteristic of the farmers who arrived in the region between 5,000 and 4,000 years ago. Women’s clothing has were designed by Helena Gjerumespecially with deer, beaver and fox skins, and were inspired climatemodern landscape and vegetation of the Lagmansoren woman, as well as the clothes of the modern population of America and Siberia, as well as mummy Ötzi. Reconstruction of Lagmansören’s wife exhibited in Museum Westernorrland.

In 2020, work began on the reconstruction of Lagmansoren’s wife. Oskar Nilsson, fashion designer and archaeologist, explains this work step by step.© Westernorrland Museum

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