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Mystery of 8,000-Year-Old Impaled Human Heads Has Researchers Stumped
national Geographic ^

Posted on 02/14/2018 11:16:48 AM PST by BenLurkin

"They somehow seem to differentiate between humans and animals but also animals in different categories," Hallgren says.

Two of the human skulls were female, four were male, and two belonged to people between the ages of 20 and 35. The researchers also found a nearly complete infant skeleton, whose tiny bones suggest the individual had been stillborn or died shortly after birth.

The victims' skulls show obvious injuries. There is blunt force trauma near the tops of the heads, and they also appear to have other injuries that show signs of healing. The female skulls have injuries on the back and right sides of the heads, and the male skulls each had one single blow to the top of the head and face.

"These are not people who have been recently smashed in the head and then put on display," Hallgren says. "More than half of them had this healed trauma to the head."

The researchers don't yet know what weapons were used to inflict the damage, and the wounds couldn't be directly tied to the cause of death. DNA analysis is ongoing, but they've found that two of the men are related.

"They are probably not brothers but could be cousins or more distantly related," Hallgren says.

We know that the team uncovered 400 bits of wooden stakes, some of which had been used to mount objects that have long since fallen

(Excerpt) Read more at news.nationalgeographic.com ...


TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: ancientautopsies; godsgravesglyphs; sweden
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1 posted on 02/14/2018 11:16:49 AM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

Football concusions?


2 posted on 02/14/2018 11:18:46 AM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: BenLurkin

It’s not a boy? WACK


3 posted on 02/14/2018 11:21:04 AM PST by DownInFlames
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To: 2banana

Failed Coup attempt.


4 posted on 02/14/2018 11:21:08 AM PST by TADSLOS (Alex Jones isn’t quite the wing nut now, all things considered.)
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To: headsonpikes

Courtesy ping


5 posted on 02/14/2018 11:23:07 AM PST by Delta 21 (Build The Wall !! Jail The Cankle !!)
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To: BenLurkin

6 posted on 02/14/2018 11:23:44 AM PST by Red Badger (Wanna surprise? Google your own name. Wanna have fun? Google your friends names......)
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To: TADSLOS

Whatever they do, they MUST NOT REMOVE THE STAKES!...............................VAMPIRES!.....................


7 posted on 02/14/2018 11:24:39 AM PST by Red Badger (Wanna surprise? Google your own name. Wanna have fun? Google your friends names......)
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To: BenLurkin

Maybe they’ve found Grendel’s house.

More realistically, I don’t see any big mystery, since it’s likely someone just making trophies out of kills.


8 posted on 02/14/2018 11:27:57 AM PST by fruser1
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To: BenLurkin

Predator


9 posted on 02/14/2018 11:31:12 AM PST by WayneS (An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. - Winston Churchill)
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To: BenLurkin

This article is so terribly written that I hesitate to comment as I don’t understand the exact nature of the confusion of the researchers.


10 posted on 02/14/2018 11:31:37 AM PST by Crucial
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To: SunkenCiv

Rather fascinating


11 posted on 02/14/2018 11:31:39 AM PST by dware (Americans prefer peaceful slavery over dangerous freedom)
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To: Crucial

Back in the old days they had editors. They have been replaced by the computer program “spellcheck”. Not really an advance forward in journalism where quantity is valued over quality.


12 posted on 02/14/2018 11:49:14 AM PST by BipolarBob (At one time I held the world record as the worlds youngest person on the planet.)
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To: Red Badger; SunkenCiv

In Sweden eh?

Must have been the very strict proto-Viking immigration court. The first knocks to the invaders heads apparently didn’t get the message across.

Sweden for Swedes only, ja.


13 posted on 02/14/2018 11:50:12 AM PST by Covenantor (Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern. " Chesterton)
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To: BenLurkin

Ancient Politicians.


14 posted on 02/14/2018 11:51:21 AM PST by Zathras
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To: BenLurkin

One word describes why it happened.

JEALOUSY.


15 posted on 02/14/2018 11:52:45 AM PST by LiveFreeOrDie2001 ( Thank GOD Hillary didn't get elected!)
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To: Covenantor

These ‘heads’ were found in a bog, so they may have been either human sacrifices, punished criminals, murder victims or a combination......................


16 posted on 02/14/2018 12:03:06 PM PST by Red Badger (Wanna surprise? Google your own name. Wanna have fun? Google your friends names......)
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To: Crucial

They’re trying to figure out how it is the skulls were given identical damage, and then healed, and then later impaled.


17 posted on 02/14/2018 12:04:51 PM PST by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

Welcome to the Cave Gang. First-—the hammer to the head. If you live through that, you can be our slave.


18 posted on 02/14/2018 12:06:38 PM PST by Vermont Lt (Burn. It. Down.)
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To: Covenantor

“I’ll surrender my armies and hand up my sword
depending on how you will treat me, my lord.”

The weary commander, resolve in his voice,
sized up his opponent then gave her a choice.

“Stand down your attackers, call off the strike,
and I’ll mercifully leave your head on a pike.”

“What would you do with my body below?”
the wide-eyed foreigner wanted to know.

“I’ll tie your bare limbs one each to a steed,
then drive them to gallop away at high speed.”

“And what would become of my thus quartered torso?”
“I’ll paint each limb blue then bludgeon it more so.”

“And will my piked head be looking toward home?”
the supplicant asked as the commander groaned.

“Listen, you jack-wad, you’re going to be dead.
What does it matter which way goes your head?”

With that the commander unsheathed his sword,
whacked his opponent, cut off her gourd.

The lesson, my children, to take from this bit
is get what you can; don’t sweat the small shit.


19 posted on 02/14/2018 12:26:25 PM PST by sparklite2 (See more at Sparklite Times)
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To: Red Badger

For a second there I thought that was Barky’s presidential portrait.


20 posted on 02/14/2018 1:12:17 PM PST by ResponseAbility (The truth of liberalism is the stupid can feel smart, the lazy entitled, and the immoral unashamed)
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