FACES of long-dead humans have been reconstructed and revealed by a genius sculptor from Sweden.
Oscar Nilsson spends around 200 hours on his creations, and has modelled our ancient ancestors – some of whom date back 40,000 years.
First, Nilsson creates digital scans of skulls uncovered by archaeologists.
This precisely maps every minute detail of the skull so that they can be reproduced later.
Next, Nilsson uses a hi-tech 3D printer to rebuild the skull perfectly, which then acts as a base for the sculpture.
Using his extensive knowledge of anatomy, Nilsson lays on muscles and skin to reproduce what a deceased person would’ve looked like.
He can then add the final human touches like hair and eye colour, as well as clothing.
His world-famous works include a stunning recreation of the Patcham Woman, who lived around 210AD – during the Roman rule of Britain.
Her body was 5-foot and two inches tall, and she was potentially aged just 25 when she was died.
She was famously buried with a nail driven into the back of her skull, impaled either just before or just after death.
This process was designed to stop her corpse rising from the grave, which was a superstitious fear at the time.
Another iconic work is Nilsson’s recreation of the Huarmey Wari Queen, who died around 1,200 years ago.
This noblewoman was found buried in a private chamber in Peru, surrounded by jewellery, gold, a silver goblet and a ceremonial axe.
Nilsson’s model took 220 hours to sculpt, and is believed to be a highly accurate portrayal of the “Queen”.
The “oldest” sculpture is the depiction of a Cro-Magnon man, based on 40,000-year-old remains found in France.
Cro-Magnon comes from the name of the Cro-Magnon rock shelter in Southwestern France.
This particular site is where the first early European modern human was found.
Nilsson also recreated the Stafford Road Man in exceptional detail.
The Stafford Road Man is believed to have been one of the first Anglo Saxon settlers in Brighton, and lived around 500AD.
“I hope people get a feeling of ‘I know this guy’,” Nilsson said.
“It is the most effective way to make history relevant, especially to the younger generations.
“Most often when people see my work they say ‘I know him/her’ or ‘she looks exactly like my aunt’.
“Our brains try to identify the face and, if the face is this realistic, the brain process becomes highly active. People also always try to interpret the emotional status from the face.” he added.
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