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Myrtis’ Reconstruction on Display in Montenegro

The girl that put a face to distant antiquity, the reconstructed 11-year-old ‘Myrtis’ of ancient Athens, has moved to a new ‘home’ at the Museum in the city of Podgorica, in Montenegro. The nameless young girl that died and was buried in a mass grave during the plague that struck Athens in 430 B.C. will be on display until April 22nd.
The name ‘Myrtis’ is borrowed, given to her by scientists that worked on the reconstruction of her features. Following her ‘resurrection’ nearly 2,500 years after she died of typhoid fever – the plague that also struck down the statesman Pericles and one third of all Athenians at that time – she has also been made a “Millennium Friend”.  Her picture is posted on a website supporting the UN Millennium Goals as a message to the world about disease prevention.
(source: ana-mpa)

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