In 2012, archaeologists found the remains of ten Stone Age people at the bottom of a lake in western Sweden. Of the ten, none had a jaw, and two skulls were planted on stakes driven into the bottom of the lake.
We are unlikely to know how the skull of one of these men, who lived 8, 000 years ago, ended up on the stake, but thanks to modern technology, we can see what it most likely looked like.
Reconstruction expert Oscar Nilsson used the recovered skull, as well as the genetic and anatomical data obtained from it, to recreate a bust of a Mesolithic man. He was a light-skinned, blue-eyed, dark-haired man in his 50s. The ancient man belonged to a hunter-gatherer group that included the genetic lines of humans who had come to Scandinavia from the north, east and south 2, 000 years earlier.
The man's short haircut with a small ponytail of hair in the back reveals a 2.5cm wound on his head. However, she was not the cause of his death at all - moreover, various wounds on the bodies of his relatives, raised from the bottom of the lake, bear clear traces of healing. For what reasons these people died and why they ended up at the bottom of the lake remains a mystery.
A reconstructed bust of a Mesolithic man is currently on display in Motale, Sweden.
A wooden stake on which a man's head was planted