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Mystery surrounds smashed Stone Age skulls


Posted on Sunday, 19 August, 2012 | Comment icon 6 comments


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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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Comment icon #1 Posted by pallidin on 19 August, 2012, 16:10
Not sure what to mke of it. Interesting article though.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Golly Buster on 19 August, 2012, 16:44
Reading this article I had a sudden intuitive flash that the faces were destroyed by the living in an effort to prevent something in particular in the afterlife from recognizing that they were young men because that something would then recruit them as an army and turn them against the living. I don't claim any psychic abilities, but for what it's worth I had this feeling anyway.
Comment icon #3 Posted by CRIPTIC CHAMELEON on 19 August, 2012, 23:05
Interesting they could of also been the remains of a defeated army as some cultures believed if you seperate the head they can't go to heaven hence cut the head of and smash the face in so they can't talk or see. ?
Comment icon #4 Posted by Harlequin Dreamer on 21 August, 2012, 6:47
Hhhmmmmm
Comment icon #5 Posted by serial slasher on 1 September, 2012, 6:11
ancient serial killer?


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