A female hunter who lived in present-day Sweden 7,000 years ago has recently been revived in a remarkable reconstruction. The blue-eyed woman wears a nose cap, a slate necklace and a belt made of 130 animal teeth; her dark skin is painted with white patterns and she glows as she sits with her legs crossed on a "throne" of deer antlers.
Her body was found in the 1980s, buried buried in Skateholm – an archeological site in Sweden's southern coast – among other burials dating from 5,500 BC to 4600 B.C. National Geographic reports .
Because her corpse was so ornate, it is believed that the woman was a man of importance in the hunter-gatherer community, according to National Geographic. The life-size renovation will be revealed to the public in an exhibition opening on November 1
Related: Battle-Fighting Viking Shield-Maiden Receives Facial Reconstruction , and it was about 5 feet (2 meters) high. Based on DNA evidence gathered from other graves in Skateholm, the researchers determined that people who lived in the region at the time had light eyes and dark skin, Nat Geo reports.
During this part of the Stone Age, about 10,000 BC. by 8000 BC, ancient European people turned to agriculture and abandoned the way of life of hunter-gatherers. However, the funerals of Skateholm and other sites in Europe suggest that groups of hunter-gatherers exist nearly 1000 years after the rise of agriculture, according to Nat Geo.
The hands that made the woman's expressive face belong to Oscar Nilson, an archaeologist and sculptor who specializes in facial reconstruction. Working with a computed tomography scan of her skull, Nilson puts her face together intramuscularly, building her sole expression through layers of cartilage and soft tissue, according to the statement.
"The human face is a motif that never ceases to fascinate. me: the variation in the basic structure as well as the diversity in detail seems endless, ”Nilson wrote on his website. "And all the faces I reconstruct are unique. They are all personalities."
During the reconstruction, Nelson imagined a female hunter-gatherer as a shaman, he told Nat Geo. In fact, her rich funeral suggests that she held "a special position in society," but it is impossible to say for sure what her role was, said Ingela Jacobson, director of the Trelleborg Museum.
In any case, the result represents the vivid and dynamic perspective of a woman who died thousands of years ago, the piercing directness of her gaze "almost gives us eye contact with the past," according to a museum statement.
Originally published by Live Science .