We’ve all seen how Hollywood and television portrays Stone Age people as looking primitive with some hint of their ape ancestry.  They had more hair than most people today have and some of them had a slight hunched over stance.  They had a primitive guttural type of language and wore roughly sewn animals skins or coarsely woven clothes.

However, that may be about to change.

Jenny Barber, a graduate student at the University of Dundee, Scotland, has taken on the task of putting the flesh and face on a Stone Age skull from Norway.  The skull, known as Viste Boy, was recovered from the Stavanger area of Norway and is considered to be their most famous and best preserved skeleton.  Unfortunately, they date the skeleton to about 7,500 years ago.

Barber is a forensic art student and has been studying the techniques of rebuilding the human face onto a skull, much like you see on some of the forensic programs on TV.  By studying the skull and its features and contours, the artist then uses a rather complex formula to determine the depth of tissue at various locations on the skull.  In the vast majority of cases, they can also determine the ethnicity of the skull with a fairly high degree of accuracy.  That helps them with skin tone, shape and color of the eyes, shape of the nose, lips and ears and the possible color of hair.

Forensic reconstruction has been used in the past couple of decades to help identify victims of crimes and accidents.  After the forensic artist is finished, a photo of the head is taken and given to the media to see if anyone may know who the person is.  In more cases than not, the deceased is eventually identified by a family or friend.

Experts working on the Viste Boy skull have determined that it is a male, approximately 15 years of age at the time of death.  They also studied the artifacts and rubbish found near the skull to get an idea of the culture.

As you can see from Barber’s finished work, Stone Age Viste Boy looks just like someone you would meet in any school or anywhere else.  There is nothing primitive about him.

Her work only helps to enforce the fact that man was not some ancient primitive looking creature.  If you were to see Adam and Eve today, you would not be able to tell that they were the original humans and that we all came from them.

In the case of Viste Boy, we can safely say that he lived no earlier than about 4000 years ago.  The Genesis Flood occurred 4400 years ago and the Tower of Babel a couple hundred years after that.  Then you have to allow time for the people to travel as they were dispersed from Babel.  With the rubbish and other items found at the site, they had most likely been living there for some time.  Therefore it is safe to say that he is no older than 4000 years and he definitely was not primitive looking at all.

Reference

Face-to-face With An Ancient Human, Red Orbit, Oct. 21, 2011.

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