Archaeologists have created the most beautiful and realistic reconstruction of the appearance of a Stone Age woman
A new exhibition dedicated to the life of people 4000 years ago has appeared in the Swedish Museum of Westernorrland. Its central element was the skillful reconstruction of the “Lagmansoren woman”, whose skeleton was discovered during the construction of a local road in 1923. Forensic medical examiner Oskar Nilsson and archaeologist Helena Gjerum restored the appearance of a Stone Age woman, adding many previously unknown details to it.
This skeleton is notable for the fact that there are no traces of a hard life or ailments on it, during her lifetime this woman clearly did not experience any special suffering. And she also ate well, because she belonged to displaced farmers, as indicated by the presence of isotopes in the remains inherent in cultivated plant products. Alas, the DNA has not been preserved, and we only know that the woman died at the age of about 30 and was only 150 cm tall during her lifetime.
There are no traces of heavy manual labor on the skeleton, so Nilsson made the model’s physique elegant and the facial features refined. She most likely had free time and some prosperity by the standards of the Stone Age, so the woman’s hair is relatively long and well-groomed. And she certainly could and wanted to dress well, so her likely costume was made of different skins and types of fur.
Gjerum used the original skins of moose, beaver and reindeer, which she processed using Stone Age technologies, when creating the model. The process included soaking in running water, impregnation with fat for water resistance, kneading and fumigation with smoke from parasites. When cutting, for example, the absence of seams in the upper part was taken into account – through them, in the rain, water would seep inside. A woman’s clothes are extremely practical, but at the same time they are also comfortable and beautiful – we have not seen such people of that era yet.