The Face of the First European

The first European looks like any one living around the corner in the inner-city (Courtesy: Finding Dulcinea)

The first European looks like any one living around the corner in the inner-city (Courtesy: Finding Dulcinea)

Again, this comes from the British. And understand, not all the British like these revisions to science and history either. It’s like India and the other colonies going their own way. White supremacy dies hard, especially among people who live in the middle of England, like our middle and southern America, who are trying to stave off the inevitable. We are here because you were there.

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The artist’s reconstruction – a face that could be male or female – is based on the partial skull and jawbone found in a cave where bears were known to hibernate. The facial features indicate the close affinity of these early Europeans to their immediate African ancestors, although it was still not possible to determine the person’s sex.

Richard Neave, the forensic artist who reconstructed the facial features in this clay model, based his assessment on a careful measurement of the bone fragments and his long experience of how the soft tissues of the face are built around the bones of the skull.

And who is Richard Neave?

Richard Neave, F.A.A.A., 61, is a retired medical artist who usually works in conjunction with Denise Smith, both formerly of the University of Manchester. He was an early pioneer of the science of facial reconstruction for forensic and archaeological purposes. Neave is known for reconstructing what could be the true face of Yehoshua ben Yosef, a.k.a, Jesus Christ, using “[…] an Israeli skull dating back to the 1st century. [His team] then used computer programs, clay, simulated skin and their knowledge about the Jewish people of the time to determine the shape of the face, and color of eyes and skin.” Neave’s website is here. Jesus could have been only 5 ft. 1 in. and with shorter, nappier hair, not like the long-haired, tall, light-eyed individual we’ve seen in Christian iconography. He may even have had polio or a crooked back, according to some sources.

The skull of the first European was found in Romania. The reconstruction was performed as part of an upcoming BBC2 documentary series, “The Incredible Human Journey,” which shows how early humans fanned out from Africa to populate the rest of the world. Scientists could not tell from the bones what the skin color of the human being was like, however, they knew that it had to be much darker than that of modern Europeans.

Mr Neave’s clay head of the “first modern European” now sits on the desk of Alice Roberts, the Bristol University anthropologist who will introduce the BBC series, which is scheduled for screening next Sunday evening on BBC 2. “It’s really quite bizarre. I’m a scientist and objective, but I look at that face and think ‘Gosh, I’m actually looking at the face of somebody from 40,000 years ago’, and there’s something weirdly moving about that,” Dr Roberts told the Radio Times.

“Richard creates skulls of much more recent humans and he’s used to looking at differences between populations. He said the skull doesn’t actually look European, or Asian, or African. It looks like a mixture of all of them. And you think, well, that’s probably what you’d expect of someone who was among the earliest populations to come to Europe.”

All I can say is, check cable channels like Discovery, National Geographic, The Learning Channel, History, BBC America, and PBS as to what offerings they are going to have in the next few months, if you are interested in watching this series.

And why am I interested in stuff like this? Like the revelation that Cleopatra VII was probably black because her sister’s body showed that she was? Because it begins to confirm some of the alternate history that black and Afrocentric historians, scientists and anthropologists have been arguing about with the history and archaeological establishment for the past 100 years. It confirms our basic, interlinked ancestry, which doesn’t show anyone to be less than the other. I wish I could be around for the next 100 years to see what else comes up, because this is only the start of the revisions to come.

~ by blksista on May 11, 2009.

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