“Avgi”, the Mesolithic Teenager at the Acropolis Museum


The reconstruction of the face of "Avgi", a teenager who lived in 7,000 BC, was revealed at the Acropolis Museum on Friday during an event bringing together scientists lecturing about the aspects of life in Mesolithic Greece. This is the second reconstruction after "Myrtis" that Manolis Papagrigorakis and his team have undertaken, with more to come.

The remains of the girl were found in 1993 in the cave of Theopetra in central Greece. The reconstruction of her features involved an international team and a Swedish laboratory specializing in human reconstructions.

Nina Kyparissi-Apostolika, Theopetra chief archaeologist, told Athens-Macedonian News Agency that the remains provide the first confirmed existence of a Mesolithic human in Thessaly.

During the event at the Acropolis Museum, professor Papagrigorakis showed a video of the steps in the reconstruction of what proved to be an exceptionally well-preserved skull and teeth. Examination of the bones indicated the skeleton was that of a 15-year-old, while the teeth showed she was 18 years old, give or take a year. Among medical indications found in the remains were that she was suffering from anemia and lack of vitamins, although Mr. Papagrigorakis warned that all findings were preliminary.