The face of a late Stone Age woman who lived in Sicily has been reconstructed by a sculptor working with anthropologists at Palermo University.
The skeleton of the woman, who lived 14,000 years ago, was discovered in a cave near Messina in 1937, along with the incomplete skeletons of six other humans, presumably her family.
The face was reproduced using reconstruction techniques that calculate the appearance of features from the form of the cranium. The same techniques have been used recently to recreate the faces of Egyptian pharaohs and Italy’s own Count Ugolino, a 13th-century Tuscan noble whose bones were found in 2001.
Somewhere, a sculptor is being severely haunted by the ghost of a 14,000 year old Sicilian woman.