Face of 5th century Athenian girl reconstructed

Published on September 23rd, 2010 | by Admin


A team of scientists and archaeologists have reconstructed the face of an 11-year-old Athenian girl who lived in the 5th century, using her skull and teeth as a guide.

The 11-year-old Athenian girl died of typhoid fever in 430 BC during a plague, and her bones were found in a mass grave near the ancient Athenian cemetery of Keramikos when the Athens subway was being dug up in 1995. The mass grave was full of 150 men, women and children.

Professor and orthodontist from the University of Athens Manolis Papagrigorakis, with a team of one Swedish and 19 Greek scientists, said Myrtis was chosen because of the good condition of her skull and teeth that gave them a lot to work with.

“We had all of the skull, the jaw, and the teeth, and something very rare – the milk teeth on the skull. These all helped us to be accurate with the final product, and we are very close – 95 percent close to reality with the final product,” said Papagrigorakis during a presentation at the National Archaeological Museum.

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