Scientists have reconstructed the face of a woman who died 4200,<> years ago. The woman remained buried for thousands of years until her skeleton was found by archaeologists in a quarry in what is now Scotland.
This is reported by Live Science.
What is known about the woman
There is little information about the "Woman of the Upper Large", as she was called by scientists. The new work shows what it might have looked like in the Early Bronze Age.
The reconstruction was presented at the Kilmartin Museum in Scotland. It depicts a young woman with dark braided hair dressed in a deerskin outfit. She seems to be looking at someone nearby.
Based on the analysis of the skeleton and teeth, scientists determined that the woman probably died at the age of 20 due to illness or malnutrition. According to the museum, radiocarbon dating showed that she lived between 1500 and 2200 BC, during the Early Bronze Age. Studying different isotopes or versions of strontium and oxygen in her remains suggested that she grew up in Scotland, but the team was unable to obtain her DNA, so the color of her skin and hair is unknown.
To reconstruct the Upper Largey woman, her skull was scanned using a computed tomography (CT) scan and then 3D printed in Scotland.
The woman's remains were reburied in the same position and orientation in which she was probably buried 4000 years ago.
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