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Can DNA solve the mystery of pointy skulls?

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Piney
6 minutes ago, Still Waters said:

Two of the boys had artificially deformed skulls,

There is a genetic disorder found in Central and Western Asia where the skull keeps growing. I think in some cases of ACD it was done so the skull grew upward instead of outward. 

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OverSword

I had no idea skull binding was practiced in that part of the world.

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Piney
5 hours ago, OverSword said:

I had no idea skull binding was practiced in that part of the world.

It was practiced by all the ethno-linguistic groups on the Eurasian Steppe. Turkic, Mongol, Iranian, Uralic, etc. 

Many PIE speakers. Including ones in Europe also used ceremonial cone shaped hats. I guess for those who couldn't grow "The Head". 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_hat

https://en.tengrinews.kz/science/Reconstruction-shows-how-ancient-Scythian-Princess-255482/

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Helen of Annoy
18 hours ago, OverSword said:

I had no idea skull binding was practiced in that part of the world.

Neither did we :D

Kidding. Elongated skulls are rare in Croatia, but they were found in few other places: Vinkovci (Slavonia), Solin (Dalmatia), in a cave in Lika region... 

https://www.24sata.hr/news/tajna-lubanja-duze-od-drugih-a-nitko-ne-zna-kome-pripadaju-358406

 

Germanic woman, from 5th century, in Baranja region, that's close to Osijek where these three were found:  

http://www.glas-slavonije.hr/295176/11/Cuda-s-Jauhova-salasa-Lubanja-Germanke----alien-iz-petog-stoljeca

 

Few more photos of Hermanov vinograd here: 

https://www.index.hr/vijesti/clanak/ogromno-otkrice-rijesen-misterij-izduzenih-lubanja-iz-osijeka/2110033.aspx

 

The articles are in Croatian, I'm posting them for the photos, but if anyone wants anything translated and the machine translator doesn't work, I'll do it.   

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OverSword
8 minutes ago, Helen of Annoy said:

Germanic woman, from 5th century, in Baranja region, that's close to Osijek where these three were found:  

http://www.glas-slavonije.hr/295176/11/Cuda-s-Jauhova-salasa-Lubanja-Germanke----alien-iz-petog-stoljeca

Holy smokes!  Look at the size of that skull.  That woman must have been 3 meters tall even without the stretching.

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Helen of Annoy
1 hour ago, OverSword said:

Holy smokes!  Look at the size of that skull.  That woman must have been 3 meters tall even without the stretching.

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I think it's just the angle. The skull is closer to the camera than the visitors. 

But it's really elongated. 

If I didn't know where it was found, my first guess would be South America, most likely Peru. I'd think of ancient Egypt too and that egghead pharaoh... Ankhenaten? Anyway, it's interesting, that the same practice developed in such distant parts of the world, that had no way of communicating directly. As far as we know. Some of them thousands of years apart too. Makes me think it's one of those ritualistic practices that come from unfathomably ancient, one source.  

I always like to 'blame' archetypes for similarities between cultures that were not in direct contact, at least not for thousands of years, but I can't find any in my own mental archetype library that would correspond to that. 

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2 hours ago, OverSword said:

Holy smokes!  Look at the size of that skull.  That woman must have been 3 meters tall even without the stretching.

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Definitely one of the Pointer Sisters :D

Image result for pics of pointer sisters

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OverSword
16 minutes ago, Helen of Annoy said:

I think it's just the angle. The skull is closer to the camera than the visitors. 

But it's really elongated. 

If I didn't know where it was found, my first guess would be South America, most likely Peru. I'd think of ancient Egypt too and that egghead pharaoh... Ankhenaten? Anyway, it's interesting, that the same practice developed in such distant parts of the world, that had no way of communicating directly. As far as we know. Some of them thousands of years apart too. Makes me think it's one of those ritualistic practices that come from unfathomably ancient, one source.  

I always like to 'blame' archetypes for similarities between cultures that were not in direct contact, at least not for thousands of years, but I can't find any in my own mental archetype library that would correspond to that. 

But keep in mind there have been found traces of tobacco and coca in Egyptian mummies.  So maybe we are not aware of where the contact came from but  there was contact between hemispheres in the ancient world.

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Piney
44 minutes ago, OverSword said:

But keep in mind there have been found traces of tobacco and coca in Egyptian mummies.  So maybe we are not aware of where the contact came from but  there was contact between hemispheres in the ancient world.

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 It's 19th Century contamination from the mummies being tossed around between people who smoke both in pipes.

The "Columbian Exchange" negates any contact and the Egyptians, Celts or Phoenicians would of already brought the diseases which wiped out over 80 percent of us. 

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Piney
3 hours ago, Helen of Annoy said:

Germanic woman, from 5th century, in Baranja region, that's close to Osijek where these three were found:  

Her DNA turned out to be Central Asian. I have to dig up the study. 

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Helen of Annoy
48 minutes ago, OverSword said:

But keep in mind there have been found traces of tobacco and coca in Egyptian mummies.  So maybe we are not aware of where the contact came from but  there was contact between hemispheres in the ancient world.

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These were explained away as contamination.

Pyramids everywhere as the most logical way to build.

Elongated skulls as the need to stick out. Literally. 

 

So I will explain these explanations as the need to have banal explanations for everything, even for that, what is not easily explained :D  

 

Personally, I think people who started with elongating skulls practice had to see such heads, in order to start emulating them. Because people never really come up with anything truly original. Even our wildest fantasies consist of things we know, rearranged. 

Could be that genetic disorder Piney mentioned was the initial inspiration, but it seems like too much trouble for too bizarre result.  

 

Anyway, hopefully some more findings will be... well, found... so maybe some convincing theory about the origin and the actual meaning of the elongating skulls practice might appear.  

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Piney
1 hour ago, Helen of Annoy said:

I always like to 'blame' archetypes for similarities between cultures that were not in direct contact, at least not for thousands of years, but I can't find any in my own mental archetype library that would correspond to that. 

Like I said before. It probably had to do with a genetic defect found originally in Siberia. 

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Helen of Annoy
1 minute ago, Piney said:

Her DNA turned out to be Central Asian. I have to dig up the study. 

It used to be determined by the burial style. It's this newfangled DNA that's turning our understanding of history upside-down :D  All right, some things get proven too, but surprises are not surprising at all.  

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Piney
1 minute ago, Helen of Annoy said:

Could be that genetic disorder Piney mentioned was the initial inspiration, but it seems like too much trouble for too bizarre result.  

 

The little Hun grandgoober up in Rogues Gallery had to wear a helmet to stop his head from growing too long. I know about it from personal experience

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OverSword
3 minutes ago, Helen of Annoy said:

Elongated skulls as the need to stick out. Literally. 

No.  Elongated skulls to more closely resemble our alien overlords.

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Helen of Annoy
2 minutes ago, Piney said:

Like I said before. It probably had to do with a genetic defect found originally in Siberia. 

Could be. But isn't deforming your kid's skull a little too radical, if there was no spiritual or some other significant reason to do it? 

No offence to Siberians, but I don't see at the moment why would they be so impressive. Eggheaded or not. 

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Piney
Just now, OverSword said:

No.  Elongated skulls to more closely resemble our alien overlords.

:nw: ALL HAIL RUPERT AND HIS SHASTA PORTAL OF KILLER VOLES!!!!

 

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Piney
Just now, Helen of Annoy said:

Could be. But isn't deforming your kid's skull a little too radical, if there was no spiritual or some other significant reason to do it? 

 

They had no choice. It would grow out instead of up. 

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Helen of Annoy
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@Piney They who had the disorder had no choice, but those who had no disorder... why would they deform their skulls into totally not practical shape? Just to stick out? The head that sticks out gets cut off, or it's just my part of the world that has such saying? 

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Piney
8 minutes ago, Helen of Annoy said:

@Piney They who had the disorder had no choice, but those who had no disorder... why would they deform their skulls into totally not practical shape? Just to stick out? The head that sticks out gets cut off, or it's just my part of the world that has such saying? 

Some skulls I saw in XInjiang were wrapped to be slightly pointed but they weren't enlarged. I'm guessing they were the ones that didn't have the disorder. 

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Helen of Annoy
10 minutes ago, Piney said:

Some skulls I saw in XInjiang were wrapped to be slightly pointed but they weren't enlarged. I'm guessing they were the ones that didn't have the disorder. 

So the question remains why would people, in seemingly not connected cultures, come up with pretty radical idea to deliberately deform skulls of their children. 

It will turn out, thanks to DNA, that many cultures history - as science - treated as unaware of each other were actually mixing, genetically and culturally, and still the question remains, why was having an elongated skull seen as such wonderful trait? So many other useful traditions got lost and bending your head out of any reasonable shape remained for few thousand years and who knows how many migrations and re-identifying? 

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jmccr8

For the most part from what I understand is that it denotes status and in some parts of S.America it identified ststus and location as the type of headbinding varied from region to region.

For Attila the children of conquered elite who swore alliegence had their heads bound so as to show their status to him. I am on my phone now but will look in my fplders for links when I get to the computer.

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Earl.Of.Trumps
1 hour ago, Piney said:

Some skulls I saw in XInjiang were wrapped to be slightly pointed but they weren't enlarged. I'm guessing they were the ones that didn't have the disorder. 

"It's not a disorder, it's a feature!"  :lol:

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