1,000-Year-Old Mass Grave Of Elongated Skulls Found In Mexico

The remains of “lucky,” high-power individuals who had their heads ritually elongated have previously been unearthed across the globe in South America, Germany, and Greece. Was the goal to mimic the look of alien overlords? Via Yahoo! News UK:

An archaeological dig near the village of Onavas, south of Sonora in Mexico has uncovered strange elongated skulls from more than a millenia ago. The burial site contained 25 individuals, 13 with elongated skulls – reminiscent of the monster from Ridley Scott’s Alien.

The ‘cranial deformation’ in the skulls is actually intentional – carried out by binding the heads of babies to produce the bizarre effect. For pre-Hispanic cultures in the area, longer skulls were a sign of social status.

‘Cranial deformation in Mesoamerican cultures was used to differentiate one social group from another and for ritual purposes,’ said Cristina Garcia Moreno, the head of the research project. South American cultures such as the Maya and Inca practiced cranial deformation – and the practice was also known in Germany and Ancient Greece.

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  • http://profiles.google.com/pcwag33 Pete Wagner

    Changing a head’s shape by binding, if anything, reduces cranial capacity, which is what really matters. SImply put, bigger skull, bigger brain, more potential for intelligence.

    • mannyfurious

      As evidenced by the astounding intelligence of elephants and sperm whales….

    • http://www.facebook.com/billy.pilgrim.7169 Billy Pilgrim

      How do you explain the Movie “Coneheads” then?

  • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

    Head Binding in order to resemble the Reptilian overlords!

  • BuzzCoastin

    from Yahoo! News UK:
    nuf said

  • http://www.facebook.com/jason.masterson.54 Jason Masterson

    why couldn’t they just have worn big hats like the Pope?

  • Free me

    1: Huge cranial cavity, not obtainable by binding (not Human)

    2: Ridge from top of nose going up centre of the skull (not human)

    3: Slit eye SOCKETS (not human)
    The only things that look REMOTELY human are the teeth and jaw!

    Another Earth species? Alien? Who knows…….

    If anyone believes this is human then they’ll believe ANYTHING!

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