Archaeologist Recreates The Faces of People Who Lived Thousands of Years Ago And We’re Shooked

Swedish archaeologist Oscar Nilsson used his impressive reconstructive skills and 3D-printed skull recreations of people found during archaeological excavations to restore their facial features by hand. In 1996, he opened the O.D. Nilsson, which works with museums worldwide to give us a glimpse as to what people looked like thousands of years ago.  

Huarmey Queen

The Huarmey Queen was one of 58 noblewomen found by a Polish archeological group in a tomb in the north-west of Peru in 2012. Evidence suggests she was a pro at weaving as her resting place contained lots of weaving tools made out of gold.  

Adelaziy Elbakhusom

The young and handsome Adelaziy Elbakhusom lived in Switzerland in the VIII century AD. His skeletal remains suggest he suffered from chronic infections and malnutrition. But despite this he had perfect teeth, hence why he was recreated with a smile.  

A 5,500-Year-Old Woman

This woman passed away when she was only 20 years old. Her baby was on her chest, which suggests she endured a problematic childbirth, which cost both of their lives. Her body was found in Brighton in the United Kingdom. Her skin color was believed to be similar to those of modern-day North African people.  

A Swedish Viking

With the help of his DNA, researchers determined that this allegedly Swedish Viking had fair skin, red hair, blue eyes and passed away when he was 45. This impressive sculpture is what they believe he looked look when he was alive.  

The 9,000-Year-Old Teenager

Avgi was an 18-year-old living in the region of what we consider modern-day Greece today. This suggests she witnessed the agricultural revolution where society started trade hunting in exchange for technological inventions. Oddly enough, she looked like she was older than she was.  

A Neolithic Man

With the help of forensic science, this primitive Neolithic man’s face was recreated using skeletal analysis. It was determined that this handsome man lived about 5,500 years ago. The 25 to 40-year-old man would be considered pretty handsome by current beauty standards.  

A Man From Britain’s Iron Age

His skeletal remains suggest he was between the ages of 24 and 31 and lived about 2,400 years ago, but passed away early in life, which was typical of that era. Despite this, he was well-built, healthy, and had quite an unusual tooth structure, diastema or shcherbinka.  

She Lived a Long Life

Estrid Sigfastdotter lived near Stockholm, in Taby, in the XI century AD. Runestones found where she was buried suggests she was a rich and influential woman and lived till she was about 80, which is rare considering that most people didn’t survive past the age of 35 in the Viking era.  

British Man From the Saxon Era

This man’s bones indicate he was a strong 45-year-old at the time of his passing. But he had bad dental hygiene. There was evidence of abscesses, which suggest he lost tons of teeth and part of his upper jaw. There were also indications of injuries from violence, so it’s possible he was a soldier, too.  

A Neanderthal

This Neanderthal woman’s remains were found in Gibraltar during an excavation in 1848. It’s believed that she was alive about 45-50,000 years ago. This recreation suggests Europeans have about 4% of the DNA since Neanderthals looked more or less similar to modern humans.

Written by Camila Villafane

Serial tea drinker. Professional wig snatcher. Content creator and video script writer who may or may not be John Leguizamo’s body double. If you don’t like where you are, move. You’re not a tree.