Reconstructed face of neolithic female “Myrtis” to be revealed on January 19

Reconstructed face of neolithic female “Myrtis” to be revealed on January 19

The facial reconstruction of “Myrtis” -Myrtis was found in a 430 BC Athens mass grave- and its official presentation to the public at the Acropolis Museum on January 19 are of major importance, as the neolithic woman, whose face was found, lived around 7000 BC.

“‘Avgi’ is the newest reconstruction by a team under University of Athens professor of orthodontics Manolis Papagrigorakis and follows that of “Myrtis”, the girl that died during the plague in Athens in the 5th century BC. Myrtis was exhibited in 2010 and became an international sensation.

Avgi was named after “the Dawn of civilisation”, as the woman whose skull provided the basis for the reconstruction lived at the time human beings transitioned from food collectors to food cultivators”, reports ANA-MPA.

Several doctors have worked together for and during the reconstruction of Avgi’s face namely, an endocrinologist, an orthopedic, a neurologist, a pathologist and a radiologist.

As ANA-MPA reads, the team os specialists “has worked with Swedish sculptor Oscar Nilsson, whose studio specializes on historical body reconstructions.

Currently, the team is working on the reconstruction of the skull of a girl from Feres in Magnesia prefecture who was about 5.5 years old when she died in the 5th century BC. Her remains were found an unlooted marble tomb, and she has been named Idyle.”…/IBNA