Collections of skulls separated from their skeletons have been proving a puzzle to archaeologists.
A collection of 10,000-year-old Stone Age skulls discovered in Syria are particularly mystifying because it appears that the bodies were dug up several years after burial so that the heads could be removed and then buried together elsewhere. Particularly unusual is the fact that the skulls show signs of being smashed up with considerable force. Some experts believe that in some cultures deceased young men were still considered a threat to the living.
The skulls belonged to individuals aged between 18 and 30 and by examining the damage experts were able to determine that it was primarily the faces that were smashed with the top and bottom of the skulls still intact.
"An unusual cluster of Stone Age skulls with smashed-in faces has been found carefully separated from the rest of their skeletons."
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Source: New Scientist
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