What did a medieval woman look like? Scientists have created a remarkable 3D model

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4 min readDec 1, 2022

Based on the bones of a woman found in Norway, scientists have created a full-scale, realistic 3D model. This is what the Tora, who lived 800 years ago, looked like.

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Scientists have already shown us more than once that there are no impossible things, there are only things that are harder to achieve. Scientific research is multidisciplinary. They often focus on the present or try to answer questions about the future. But very often the key to understanding what lies ahead is the past. This is why many scientists devote their careers to studying ancient remains and fossils to understand evolutionary history.

Norwegian researchers have created a realistic model of a medieval old woman

Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) have recently created a realistic 3D model of a woman who lived in Norway nearly 800 years ago. To create this remarkable reconstruction, the researchers used her bones, which were found in Trondheim. Tora, as the woman was named, was 65 years old at the time of her death.

“I wonder what she might have thought if she had been told 800 years ago that one day she would become the main attraction of the museum,” says Ellen Grav, an archaeologist who participated in the creation of the reconstruction.

The woman who can be seen in the form of a full-size 3D model is a smiling old woman who supports herself on a wooden stick. She is wearing an orange dress and women’s lightweight shoes.

“We wanted to show anyone who comes to see the Torah that the Middle Ages were not just a difficult and bleak time. This elderly woman may have worked hard, but there were certainly moments when she was happy. We wanted people to see her in just such a moment,” — Prof. Grav says.

The woman probably came from a wealthy family of merchants