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Scientists reconstruct face of 9,000 year-old Greek teenager

by Tarah Prendiville (2020-04-28)


Welcome to Grinz Orthodontics. Located in Tucson AZ, https://www.theflyer.com/business/grinz-orthodontics-east-tucson. The last time anyone looked on Dawn's face was 9,000 years ago.

Now the teenager can be seen again, after scientists reconstructed her face to show what people looked like in the Mesolithic period, around 7,000 BC.

And, according to the experts, this included more 'masculine features' - for both men and women.

It's thought that Dawn (known as Avgi, in Greek) was around 15-18 years old when she died.








The last time anyone looked on Dawn's face was 9,000 years ago. Now the teenager can be seen again, after scientists reconstructed her face to show what people looked like in the Mesolithic period, around 7,000 BC


'Avgi has very unique, not especially female, skull and features,' Swedish archaeologist and sculptor Oscar Nilsson explained, according to National Geographic.

The sculptor has previously brought several ancient humans back to 'life' through stunning reconstructions, including an 11-year-old Athenian girl named Myrtis.

But, unlike Myrtis, some of Dawn's features are strikingly different than those common today.

'Having reconstructed a lot of Stone Age women and men, I think some facial features seem to have disappeared or "smoothed out" with time,' Nilsson said.

'In general, we look less masculine, both men and women, today.'






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It's thought that Dawn (known as Avgi, in Greek) was around 15-18 years old when she died. And, as the expert's note, some of Dawn's features are strikingly different than those common today







Dawn is on display at the Acropolis Museum in Athens. Asked why she looked angry, orthodontics professor Manolis Papagrikorakis, who created a silicone reconstruction of her face, joked: 'It's not possible for her not to be angry during such an era'


The incredible new reconstruction was unveiled at the Acropolis Museum on Friday, by a team of researchers from the University of Athens.

But, as some have noted, 'Dawn' doesn't look very happy.

She has a protruding jaw, thought to be caused by chewing on animal skin to make it into soft leather - a common practice among people of that era - and a scowling expression.