Saturday, March 14, 2009

Strange Elongated Skull found

As a new discovery is unearthed, the puzzle gets even bigger for the elongated skulls of the ancients. The skulls have been reportedly discovered in burial mounds by archaeologists digging in a forest, near the southwestern Siberian city of Omsk.

Scholars at the Omsk Museum of History and Culture don't have a conclusive answer as to the origins of the skulls, but they have dated them and concluded that they're at least 1,600 years old.
However, fearing that people may be too shocked, due to the bizarre deformation of the skulls, the Omsk Museum has apparently also decided to not display the strange skulls publicly.

''This really shocked and even frightened people, because the skull's shape was unusual for a human,'' said Igor Skandakov, director of the Omsk Museum of History and Culture.
They go on to say that the most likely explanation is that ancient communities deliberately deformed the skulls of infants, by applying force to the skull through a head press. What their intentions were, is not clear. Speculation is that the ancients believed elongated skulls would increase their mental abilities.
"It's unlikely that the ancients knew much about neuro-surgery," stated archaeologists Alexei Matveyev, "but, it's possible that somehow they were able to develop exceptional brain capabilities."
For years now, there've been people inclined to believe that the strange skulls belonged to aliens who visited our planet ages ago, and influenced ancient cultures. "There are myths about gods who descended from the heavens and who had elongated heads. They were very special and were revered," said Skandakov.
Similar skulls have been found around the world, some of the more notable have been found in Central and South America, in the graves of indigenous ancient cultures.
In 1995, researcher Robert Connolly photographed this elongated skull, during a trip in which he was collecting materials about ancient civilizations.

This skull, among others, are estimated to be tens of thousands of years old. Apart from its obvious abnormalities, it also exhibits characteristics of both Neanderthal and human skulls – an impossibility, according to anthropology. Neanderthals didn't exist in South America.
Like the Russian find, some believe that the unusual shape of the skulls might be the result of a primitive practice known as "skull binding" in which a person's head was tightly bound with cloth or leather straps throughout his lifetime, causing the skull to grow in this dramatic way.
However, some uncertainty remains around the fact that the exact same deformation was practiced in different areas of the world that at the time, had no contact with each other.

In Mexico, the Maya are well known for their Serpent Gods that wore elaborate, elongated headdresses. It's understood that the upper class Maya wanted to fashion their skulls as such. But, why did their Gods wear such elaborate headdresses? Were their skulls elongated?
Egyptian Gods also wore elongated head-dresses, is there a common link?
Research done by David Childress in Peru, Adriano Forgione in Malta and Andrew Collins, has led to a greater knowledge of elongated skulls. The first is that this is a rare anomaly that has been found since ancient times in various parts of the world. Elongated skulls have not only been discovered Egypt, Mexico and Peru, but also in Malta, the Mittani belt of northern Iraq and Syria; and it appears that those possessing such skulls have been associated with the royal or priestly classes.
Except for Peru and Mexico, the other locations are in close geographical proximity therefore the possibility that all of them arising from the same source cannot be ruled out. The genetic source of the Mexican and Peruvian skulls may also be the same since there does appear to be an old world origin of American civilizations.
Is it simply a coincidence that ancient cultures had similar beliefs?
Civilizations around the world have built pyramids, supposedly while not being aware of each other. Other ancient cultures have also erected stone like circles around the world - and yet, we're still taught that they weren't connected.
Is it possible that there was once a previous (and now lost) civilization that connected these cultures? That history of civilization as we know it, is wrong?
Science believes in coincidences, but shouldn't they also try to disprove them?

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