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savafan
10-07-2005, 02:56 PM
http://english.pravda.ru/science/19/94/377/16262_skulls.html

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Archeologists discover strange elongated skulls in different parts of the world

Russian media outlets have recently covered a story about yet another mystery of the ancient period of human civilization, when archaeologists discovered plates with drawings in South America. The plates or the so-called Iki stones are about 70 million years old. The drawings show people with disproportionately large heads. There are skulls of the same shape in the local museums. But archeologists find the elongated skulls in Russia too, in the North Caucasus. The Pyatigorsk museum of regional studies has them on display. Do those skulls have anything in common? And who started "the fashion?"

A hole in the crown of the head

"The Pyatigorsk skull was found at the excavation site of the Khasaot burial ground in the vicinity of Kislovodsk," says Doctor of Historical Sciences Vladimir Kuznetsov, the author of numerous studies of history of the North Caucasus. "The skull is part of culture of the ancient Alani. Approximately, it dates back to the 3rd - 5th centuries A.D. These strange skulls appeared at the same time when the Sarmatian and Alani hordes came around. Some of the nomads moved for the North Caucasus in 15th century."

"Researchers have repeatedly proved that the skulls had been deformed on purpose," says Mr. Kuznetsov. "Ropes or special blocks were tied tightly round the heads of infants, over the temples. The custom went out of fashion by 17th century. The reason behind the deformation phenomenon is still unknown. It is hard to say whether the methods worked effectively or not since nobody ever conducted scientific experiments regarding the binding of the infants' heads.
But "aliens" are not likely to be involved in this case," says the researcher.

Still, it is very strange that the deformed skulls are found in European countries including Norway and France. They are also found in Central Asia, in Central and South America. Taking into account huge distances and oceans separating different nations, how could people pass around the weird fashion?

"The skull exhibited here used to belong to a young woman in her twenties," says senior researcher of the Pyatigorsk museum of regional studies Mikhail Semendyaev. "Its volume is quite regular, about 1.5 liters. By the way, archeologists normally find 2-3 deformed skulls like this one in every hundred of skulls discovered during the excavation," adds Mr. Semendyaev.

Specialists have no explanation for a particular feature of the elongated skulls. If you take a closer look at the skull, you will see a tiny hole on the crown. The edges of the hole are extremely neat and even. Only elongated skulls have tidy holes. Could it be that the holes were used for picking information from space or from the egg-headed colleagues scattered around the world?

They wanted to look like aliens

"I did research on one of those skulls found near the town of Chihuahua in Mexico in the 1930s," says the well-known archeologist Lloyd Pye, the author of the book "Everything You Know is Wrong." When the appearance of the "owner" was restored using Professor Gerasimov"s method, it became obvious that the guy resembled aliens the way they are portrayed by eyewitnesses. I ran a DNA test of his bones in two laboratories. His DNA links in some sections differed from the human ones. The skull should have contained around 2 liter of brain. The skull of present-day man can hold only 1.5 liters of brain," says Mr. Pye.

"Some specimens indicate that the "fashion" for elongated skulls is al least 20 thousand years old. It could have originated earlier on. I can not tell you exactly when. I can only assume that ancient people wanted to imitate somebody else. Maybe they wanted to look like those beings who were more perfect in terms of evolution. They could also imitate the aliens whose skulls probably had different dimensions," says Mr. Pye.

smith288
10-07-2005, 02:58 PM
I think they did that for the same reason people put huge plates in their lower lip... to look hella-cool around the other natives.

Unassisted
10-07-2005, 06:01 PM
Interesting story, but I don't follow the thread title, since most of the article provides the likely explanation.

I have read about other natives who bound childrens' skulls to come to a point, presumably for decorative reasons. I know that there were groups in China in more recent years who bound baby girls' feet so they would stay small.

It all sounds quite cruel today. :(

savafan
10-07-2005, 06:23 PM
Interesting story, but I don't follow the thread title, since most of the article provides the likely explanation.



That was the title of the article.

marcshoe
10-08-2005, 02:39 AM
The last part of the article tries to play up the they-looked-like-aliens thing too. In spite of the absurdity of these suggestions, perhaps the "why" is mystifying scientists.

But I think Smith's probably on the right track.

KronoRed
10-08-2005, 03:31 AM
But I think Smith's probably on the right track.

He's just trying to divert attention away from his cave buddies ;)

919191
10-08-2005, 10:58 AM
It's the skull of one of these gguys- they are the original Reds listserv guys...:)