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Face-to-face with an ancient human (Norway - 7,500 YO)
University of Stavanger ^ | October 20, 2011 | Text: Karen Anne Okstad Translation: Rolf Gooderham

Posted on 10/20/2011 7:35:10 AM PDT by decimon

A reconstruction based on the skull of Norway’s best-preserved Stone Age skeleton makes it possible to study the features of a boy who lived outside Stavanger 7 500 years ago.

“It is hoped that this reconstruction is a good likeness and that, if someone who knew him in life had been presented with this restoration, they would hopefully have recognised the face”, says Jenny Barber, an MSc student at the University of Dundee in Scotland.

She has scientifically rebuilt the face of the strong and stocky Viste Boy, who lived in the Vistehola cave near Stavanger, so that people can now look him right in the eye.

Ms Barber is studying forensic art, an unusual discipline embracing such elements as human anatomy and identification in order to recreate the appearance of an actual person.

This modelling method is primarily employed to assist police investigations, and is little known or used in Norway. But the country’s most extensive reconstruction of a Stone Age skeleton has now been achieved.

(Excerpt) Read more at uis.no ...


TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: ancientautopsies; godsgravesglyphs; norway

1 posted on 10/20/2011 7:35:13 AM PDT by decimon
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To: SunkenCiv

Norwegian would ping.


2 posted on 10/20/2011 7:36:09 AM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon

I guess we had sharp instruments at the time so that they could shave their heads but is that an artistic license thing?


3 posted on 10/20/2011 7:39:16 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: rarestia
The structure is right of course...but everything else including the flying ears is license....thin lips, fat lips, thin, pudgy,......blah, blah, blah...

I would like to see 20 of these experts in separate rooms produce almost an identical form....then I might be a believer....unless they went to the same school.

4 posted on 10/20/2011 7:46:13 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: decimon
Hrolf!!!!

I wondered where he had got to. :)
5 posted on 10/20/2011 7:47:59 AM PDT by Sudetenland (There can be no freedom without God--What man gives, man can take away.)
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To: decimon

All is missing is the lip ring and cell phone attached to his ear and he could be the kid down the street...


6 posted on 10/20/2011 7:54:53 AM PDT by Popman (Obama is God's curse upon the land....)
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To: decimon

A young John McCain?


7 posted on 10/20/2011 7:55:18 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: decimon

They may have a good deal right ‘ here; but suspect he looked a little less ordinary than this modeling.


8 posted on 10/20/2011 7:59:24 AM PDT by cricket (Stop the Madness . . . let Freedom Prevail. . .)
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To: decimon

They should look for his barber. . .


9 posted on 10/20/2011 8:01:37 AM PDT by cricket (Stop the Madness . . . let Freedom Prevail. . .)
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To: Popman
All is missing is the lip ring and cell phone attached to his ear and he could be the kid down the street...

Yeah. 7,500 years isn't that long ago in terms of looks.

If I could go back in time...

...and encounter people who look like people I see each day...

How would they react to me? With curiosity? Would they tear me to pieces just cuz?

10 posted on 10/20/2011 8:07:14 AM PDT by decimon
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To: Sacajaweau

I’m fascinated by the practice but agree with you on accuracy. Most of these models are just guesses.


11 posted on 10/20/2011 8:09:14 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: decimon

yep.. he sure looks better than the Occupy Wall Street crowd.


12 posted on 10/20/2011 8:12:55 AM PDT by Chuzzlewit
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To: decimon

He looks like the lead singer(?) from Pantera...


13 posted on 10/20/2011 8:17:02 AM PDT by WayneS (Comments now include 25% more sarcasm at NO additional charge.)
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To: rarestia
I guess we had sharp instruments at the time so that they could shave their heads but is that an artistic license thing?
Deformity
Ms Barber’s work revealed that the Viste Boy had scaphocephaly (“boat-head”), a congenital deformity which makes the skull long and narrow. She left the modelled head hairless to show this.

14 posted on 10/20/2011 8:28:04 AM PDT by Lonely Bull
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To: Chuzzlewit
"yep.. he sure looks better than the Occupy Wall Street crowd."

Perhaps a lot cleaner too!

15 posted on 10/20/2011 8:40:47 AM PDT by Average Al (Forbidden fruit leads to many jams.)
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16 posted on 10/20/2011 8:43:09 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: decimon

No way he was raised eating sheep’s heads.....


17 posted on 10/20/2011 9:02:43 AM PDT by Bean Counter (Obama got mostly Ds and Fs all through college and law school. Keep repeating it.....)
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To: decimon

Did they find an electric head shaver with him? None of these recreations ever look much like the person. He looks like Shrek to me.


18 posted on 10/20/2011 9:04:17 AM PDT by bgill (There, happy now?)
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To: blam

Ping.


19 posted on 10/20/2011 9:07:43 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: decimon

20 posted on 10/20/2011 9:08:30 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: dead

I think that belongs in the sheep’s head thread.


21 posted on 10/20/2011 9:19:10 AM PDT by decimon
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To: Lonely Bull

I admit I didn’t read the whole article. Thank you for doing my homework for me.


22 posted on 10/20/2011 9:29:42 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: decimon; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

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Thanks decimon.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


23 posted on 10/20/2011 11:45:14 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: dead

LOL!


24 posted on 10/20/2011 11:51:01 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: humblegunner; Eaker; Allegra; 50mm; Larry Lucido; Salamander; TheOldLady; thackney; ...
What do you think, folks?



Has he been found?


25 posted on 10/21/2011 12:46:22 AM PDT by shibumi (Hey! No Problem!)
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To: shibumi

lolol


26 posted on 10/21/2011 10:08:01 AM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Pimp your blog for hits on Free Republic!)
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To: Lonely Bull

We need a profile to clearly appreciate the “boat head” aspect of this model. The article called it a “congenital deformity”, but couldn’t it also be the way the mother carried the baby after he was born? for instance, American Indians used to have flat heads in the back because they were bound to papoose boards. Did the Norwegians bind their babies into some kind of contraption to keep them still and easily portable before they were old enough to walk? Even as late as the 1960s, American women were cautioned to not put their babies to bed on their backs, or their heads would become mishapen. Of course the advice is totally opposote now.


27 posted on 10/21/2011 10:52:27 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: shibumi

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28 posted on 10/21/2011 2:25:32 PM PDT by 50mm (Trust nobody and you'll never be disappointed.)
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To: dead; decimon; SunkenCiv; All

Yes, I would agree that this murderer seems to have the same skull abnormality. Does anyone know if that shape correlates with any mental disturbance/illness?


29 posted on 10/23/2011 9:52:59 PM PDT by gleeaikin
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To: afraidfortherepublic; gleeaikin
Scaphocephaly
30 posted on 10/24/2011 8:17:58 AM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon

I know someone with scaphocephaly. When he was playing football in high school they had to have a helmet designed especially for him.


31 posted on 10/24/2011 10:14:16 AM PDT by aruanan
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