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A distinguished warrior’s face has been seen for the first time since his death 3,500 years ago.

Dubbed the ‘Griffin Warrior’, this Bronze Age man was buried in a tomb packed with treasure in Greece, which archaeologists believe will give insight to the origins of Greek civilization.

The team reconstructed his face by layering facial tissues from the skull surface outward by using depth marker pegs to determine the thickness – revealing a he had long black hair, a square jaw and powerful neck.

The Griffin Warrior was discovered last year in a tomb located next to the Mycenaean palace of Nestor.

Dr. Sharon Stocker and her husband, Professor Jack Davis, stumbled upon the remarkably undisturbed grave while digging near Pylos, an ancient city on the southwest coast of Greece.

Beneath the centuries of dirt laid the man’s remains, including a skull that reveals he died around 1500 BC and was between the ages 30 and 35, reports Discovery News.

According to the Dr. Stocker, the warrior appears to have been a handsome man, with the facial reconstruction having been based on a stamp that was found inside the tomb.

The reconstruction was performed by Tobias Houlton, a specialist in reconstruction, and his colleague Lynne Schepartz of University of the Witwatersrand.

 

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