A Greek team led by an orthodontics professor has reconstructed the face of ‘Dawn’, a teenager who lived during the mesolithic period in today’s Greece, uncovering details of her everyday life (click to enlarge).
The last time anyone had looked at Dawn’s face was 9,000 years ago. But the teenager can be seen again, after scientists reconstructed her face to show what people looked like in the Mesolithic period, around 7,000 BC. Based on an analysis of her bones and teeth, she is believed to be aged between 15 to 18. She has a protruding jaw, thought to be caused by chewing on animal skin to make it into soft leather – a common practice among people of that era – and a scowling expression. Dawn was possibly anemic and may have suffered from scurvy. Evidence also pointed to hip and joint problems, which may have made it difficult for her to move and may have contributed to her death.
Theopetra Cave, in the Thessaly region, was first inhabited about 100,000 years ago, according to the Culture Ministry. Stone tools from the Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic periods have been discovered, as well as pottery from the Neolithic period.
Dawn is on display at the Acropolis Museum in Athens.