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14 January 2018
Neolithic girl's face unveiled in Greece

A reconstruction of the head and face of an 18-year-old girl who lived 7,000 years ago in the Mesolithic era will make its public debut on the 19th of January. Known as Avgi - Greek for 'Dawn' - her remains were found in Theopetra cave, near what is now the city of Trikala, about 260 kilometres northwest of Athens. Named after "the Dawn of civilisation", she lived at the time human beings transitioned from food collectors to food cultivators.
     According to Athens University professor Manolis Papagrigorakis, the reconstruction of Avgi's face involved several medical specialists, including an endocrinologist, an orthopedic surgeon, a neurologist, a pathologist, and a radiologist. His team collaborated with Swedish sculptor Oscar Nilsson, whose studio specialises in historical body reconstructions. Given the lack of substantial evidence, the work presented challenges - especially her clothes and hair.
     The team is also working on a reconstruction of the skull of a 5th century BCE girl who was about five and a half years old when she died.

Edited from Tornos News (10 January 2018)

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