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  • Hints of Skull Cult Found at World's Oldest Temple

    06/28/2017 8:56:06 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    nationalgeographic ^ | Shaena Montanari
    According to new research published in Science Advances, three Neolithic skull fragments discovered by archaeologists at Göbekli Tepe show evidence of a unique type of post-mortem skull modification at the site. The deep, purposeful linear grooves are a unique form of skull alteration never before seen anywhere in the world in any context, says Julia Gresky, lead author on the study and an anthropologist at the German Archaeological Institute in Berlin. Detailed analysis with a special microscope shows the grooves were deliberately made with a flint tool. One of the fragments even has a hole drilled in it, resembling skull...
  • Ancient Skulls May Belong To Elusive Humans Called Denisovans

    03/07/2017 4:00:40 PM PST · by blam · 31 replies
    Science Magazine ^ | 3-7-2017 | Ann Gibbons
    Since their discovery in 2010, the ex­tinct ice age humans called Deniso­vans have been known only from bits of DNA, taken from a sliver of bone in the Denisova Cave in Siberia, Russia. Now, two partial skulls from eastern China are emerging as prime candidates for showing what these shadowy people may have looked like. In a paper published this week in Science, a Chinese-U.S. team presents 105,000- to 125,000-year-old fossils they call “archaic Homo.” They note that the bones could be a new type of human or an eastern variant of Neandertals. But although the team avoids the word,...
  • Study Of Ancient Skulls Suggest There May Have Been Multiple Migrations Into The Americas

    03/06/2017 1:25:33 PM PST · by blam · 41 replies
    Phys.org/news ^ | 2-23-2017
    (Phys.org)—A trio of researchers affiliated with institutions in the U.S., Europe and South America has found evidence that suggests the native people of South America likely arrived from more than one place. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, Noreen von Cramon-Taubadel, André Strauss and Mark Hubbe describe how they applied imaging technology to skulls that have been unearthed in Brazil and what was revealed. For many years, it was believed that a single wave of ancient immigrants made their way from Asia to North America and eventually to South America—the first people to exist in the New...
  • Ghostly ships filled with dead bodies arrive on Japan’s shores

    12/01/2015 1:18:16 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 25 replies
    CNN Wire ^ | November 30, 2015 | CNN
    An unsettling mystery has washed up on Japan’s shores. Over the past two months, at least eight wooden boats have been found in the Sea of Japan on or near the coast, carrying a chilling cargo — the decaying bodies of 20 people, Japan’s coast guard told CNN. ll of the bodies were badly decomposed and “partially skeletonized” — two were found without heads — and one boat contained six skulls, the coast guard said. The first boat was found in October, then a series of boats in late November. Coast guard officials are now trying to unravel the riddle...
  • Massive Human Skull Rack Found at Aztec Temple

    08/21/2015 3:14:48 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 70 replies
    Discovery ^ | Rossella Lorenzi
    Found on the western side of what was once the Templo Mayor complex in Tenochtitlan, in modern Mexico City, the partially unearthed skull rack was likely built between 1485 and 1502 and may have been about 112 feet (34 meters) long and 40 feet (12 meters) wide. Mostly belonging to young adult men, but also to women and children, several of the unearthed skulls feature holes on both sides, suggesting they belonged to a tzompantli. This was a rack on which the skulls of sacrificed people were arranged on wooden poles and displayed... To make the scene even more horrifying,...
  • London Dig Uncovers Roman-Era Skulls: Subway tunnelers uncover first-century skulls of Londoners.

    10/05/2013 2:00:16 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 19 replies
    National Geographic ^ | October 4, 2013 | Roff Smith
    Tunnelers expanding London's Underground (Tube) stations have stumbled on a cache of more than two dozen Roman-era skulls. The skulls likely date from the first century A.D. and may possibly—just possibly—be victims of the famed Queen Boudicca's troops, decapitated during her uprising against Roman rule in 61 A.D.
  • 'Alien' Skulls Excavated in Mexico Deliberately Warped, Scientists Say

    12/23/2012 9:07:44 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 21, 2012 | Charles Choi
    <p>Human skulls deliberately warped into strange, alien-like shapes have been unearthed in a 1,000-year-old cemetery in Mexico, researchers say.</p> <p>The practice of deforming skulls of children as they grew was common in Central America, and these findings suggest the tradition spread farther north than had been thought, scientists added.</p>
  • Archaeologists find the largest amount of skulls at the most sacred temple of the Aztec empire

    10/06/2012 5:37:07 PM PDT · by Renfield · 36 replies
    ArtDaily.org ^ | 10-7-2012 | Adriana Perez Licon
    MEXICO CITY (AP).- Mexican archaeologists said Friday they uncovered the largest number of skulls ever found in one offering at the most sacred temple of the Aztec empire dating back more than 500 years. The finding reveals new ways the pre-Colombian civilization used skulls in rituals at Mexico City's Templo Mayor, experts said. That's where the most important Aztec ceremonies took place between 1325 until the Spanish conquest in 1521. The 50 skulls were found at one sacrificial stone. Five were buried under the stone, and each had holes on both sides — signaling they were hung on a skull...
  • Ancient Egyptian Skulls Dug Out of English Garden

    10/03/2008 12:57:07 PM PDT · by Justice Department · 27 replies · 1,048+ views
    foxnews ^ | September 30, 2008
    LONDON — Two ancient Egyptian skulls unearthed in a yard in England have been returned to their native country. And the mystery of how they got from the hot sands of Egypt to the rainy north of England has been solved, investigators said Tuesday. The first skull was discovered by homeowner Matthew McClelland as he did some gardening at his home in the northern city of Manchester a year ago. He called authorities, and they discovered a second skull. An analysis by an Oxford University expert confirmed the skulls were a little more than 2,000 years old.
  • Legend Of The Crystal Skulls

    04/15/2008 7:22:32 PM PDT · by blam · 18 replies · 629+ views
    Archaeology Magazine ^ | May/June 2008 | Jane MacLaren Walsh
    Legend of the Crystal Skulls Volume 61 Number 3, May/June 2008 by Jane MacLaren Walsh Along with superstars like Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett, and Shia LaBeouf, the newest Indiana Jones movie promises to showcase one of the most enigmatic classes of artifacts known to archaeologists, crystal skulls that first surfaced in the 19th century and that specialists attributed to various "ancient Mesoamerican" cultures. In this article, Smithsonian anthropologist Jane MacLaren Walsh shares her own adventures analyzing the artifacts that inspired Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (in theaters May 22), and details her efforts tracking down a...
  • Skulls Of Modern Humans And Ancient Neanderthals... Not Natural Selection

    03/20/2008 10:58:20 AM PDT · by blam · 24 replies · 618+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 3-20-2008 | University of California, Davis.
    Skulls Of Modern Humans And Ancient Neanderthals Evolved Differently Because Of Chance, Not Natural SelectionThe approximate locations of the cranial measurements used in the analyses are superimposed as red lines on lateral (A), anterior (B), and inferior (C) views of a human cranium. (Credit: National Academy of Sciences, PNAS (Copyright 2008)) ScienceDaily (Mar. 20, 2008) — New research led by UC Davis anthropologist Tim Weaver adds to the evidence that chance, rather than natural selection, best explains why the skulls of modern humans and ancient Neanderthals evolved differently. The findings may alter how anthropologists think about human evolution. Weaver's study...
  • Liberian general with racy moniker confesses

    01/21/2008 2:05:24 PM PST · by Westlander · 22 replies · 245+ views
    AP ^ | 1-21-2007 | AP
    MONROVIA, Liberia - One of Liberia's most notorious rebel commanders, known as Gen. Butt Naked, has returned to the nation his troops terrorized to confess, saying he is responsible for 20,000 deaths. The civil war, which killed an estimated 250,000 people in this nation of 3 million, was characterized by the eating of human hearts and soccer matches played with human skulls. Drugged fighters waltzed into battle wearing women's wigs, flowing gowns and carrying dainty purses stolen from civilians. Before he led his fighters into battle, wearing only a pair of lace-up boots, Blahyi said he made a human sacrifice...
  • Mystery of the medieval skulls still has archaeologists scratching their heads

    08/29/2007 5:24:41 AM PDT · by Renfield · 24 replies · 652+ views
    Times (UK) ^ | 8-25-07
    A study into the mysterious changing skull shape of medieval man casts serious doubt on current theories. The peculiar shift from long narrow heads to those of a rounder shape, and back again, which took place between the 11th and 13th centuries, has been noted at sites throughout western Europe. But a study of skulls found at the deserted village of Wharram Percy, near Malton, North Yorkshire, suggests that the anatomical blip was not down to an influx of Norman immigrants, or climate change, English Heritage has said. It examined nearly 700 skeletons recovered from the village. Unlike other...
  • Chance And Isolation Gave Humans Elegant Skulls

    07/25/2007 3:31:25 PM PDT · by blam · 14 replies · 537+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 7-24-2007
    Chance and isolation gave humans elegant skulls 24 July 2007 NewScientist.com news service Only chance kept us from looking like our crag-browed Neanderthal cousins. A statistical analysis suggests that the skull differences between the two species stems not from positive natural selection but from genetic drift, in which physical features change randomly, without an environmental driving force. Some anthropologists had put the cranial differences down to natural selection arising from Neanderthals' use of their teeth as tools, for instance, or from modern humans' speech. To test if genetic drift could have been responsible instead, Timothy Weaver of the University of...
  • Perforated Skulls Provide Evidence Of Craniotomy In Ancient China

    01/26/2007 3:00:58 PM PST · by blam · 9 replies · 426+ views
    Perforated skulls provide evidence of craniotomy in ancient China Last Updated(Beijing Time):2007-01-26 11:11 The modern technology of craniotomy, a surgical operation which is performed on the brain through an incision in the skull, may have been in use in China nearly 3,000 years ago. Scientists made the conclusion after a detailed study of 13 perforated skulls that had been unearthed in the northwestern region of Xinjiang. The skulls were found in a cluster of more than 2,000 ancient tombs in the desert outside Turpan, 200 kilometers east of the regional capital Urumqi, said Lu Enguo, a researcher with the Xinjiang...
  • Plastered Syrian Skulls From The Dawn Of Civilisation 9,500 YO)

    12/29/2006 11:34:38 AM PST · by blam · 23 replies · 884+ views
    Minerva Magazine ^ | 12-29-2006 | Dr Mark Merrony
    Plastered Syrian Skulls from the Dawn of Civilisation In the Neolithic period the Levantine Fertile Crescent ushered in one of the most profound cultural revolutions in the history of the Mediterranean basin. This environmentally blessed cradle of civilisation played host to modern humans as they made the crucial transition from hunter-gatherers to sedentary farmers to emerge as proto-urban societies. A conspicuous enigma of the world’s first ‘city dwellers’ was the most extraordinary ritual practice of plastering human skulls, which is attested at several major Neolithic sites, such as Jericho in the Palestinian Territories, Çatalhöyük in Turkey, and ‘Ain Ghazal in...
  • Skulls Of Various Races Discovered At Ancient Cemetery Near Semnan (Iran)

    11/07/2006 3:17:43 PM PST · by blam · 28 replies · 1,034+ views
    Mehr News ^ | 11-7-2006
    Skulls of various races discovered at ancient cemetery near Semnan TEHRAN, Nov. 7 (MNA) -- A team of Iranian archaeologists working at the Gandab ancient cemetery near the city of Semnan have unearthed skulls of various shapes during the third phase of excavations, which is currently underway at the site. The team discovered dolichocephalic (long skulls), mesocephalic (medium skulls), and brachycephalic (short-headed or broad skulls). “Humans are classified based on the shapes of their skulls, which determine the race of the ethnic groups living in a certain region. We discovered humans with long skulls, medium skulls, and short-headed (skulls), which...
  • 9,500-Year-Old Decorated Skulls Found In Syria

    09/25/2006 2:18:06 PM PDT · by blam · 18 replies · 916+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 9-24-2006
    9,500-year-old decorated skulls found in Syria Sun Sep 24, 4:14 PM ET DAMASCUS (AFP) - Archaeologists said they had uncovered decorated human skulls dating back as long as 9,500 years ago from a burial site near the Syrian capital Damascus. "The human skulls date back between 9,500 and 9,000 years ago, (on which) lifelike faces were modelled with clay earth ... then coloured to accentuate the features," said Danielle Stordeur, head of the joint French-Syrian archaeological mission behind the discovery. Located at a burial site near a prehistoric village, the five skulls were found earlier this month in a pit...
  • Police find hand in jar at home of nude dancer

    07/25/2006 6:05:32 AM PDT · by wjersey · 35 replies · 1,304+ views
    The Star-Ledger (NJ) ^ | 7/25/2006 | TOM HAYDON AND SULEMAN DIN
    As an exotic dancer at Hott 22 in Union, Linda Kay's persona was that of a dark and ghoulish Goth girl. In real life, police say, her interest in the macabre was more than just an act. Officers responding to a report of a suicidal individual at Kay's South Plainfield home discovered a severed hand in a glass mason jar of formaldehyde and six skulls -- all human, according to the Middlesex County medical examiner. Kay, 31, was arrested and charged with improper disposition of human remains. She has so far refused to tell police where or how she obtained...
  • Mystery Of Severed Skulls Grips China

    04/05/2006 6:40:16 PM PDT · by blam · 19 replies · 1,155+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4-6-2006 | Richard Spencer
    Mystery of the severed skulls grips China By Richard Spencer (Filed: 06/04/2006) The grisly discovery of 121 human skulls, many with their tops sawn off, has puzzled Chinese police and caused a frenzy of speculation. The skulls were found by a farmer in a forested ravine in a part of the poor north-western province of Gansu, which is inhabited by ethnic Tibetans. The skulls' discovery has led to theories of cannibalism Police have confirmed that the skulls are human and are of "recent origin", as suggested by the fact that some had skin and hair still attached. But officials have...