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Ancient skeletons found wearing skull helmets

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Kismit

That was not something I expected to be reading about this morning. 

 

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RoofGardener

That reflects badly on you Kismit. You should ALWAYS wake up thinking about Ecuadorian Skull Helmets :P

 

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Piney
15 minutes ago, Kismit said:

That was not something I expected to be reading about this morning. 

We did a lot of things with human skulls prior to being taught scalping, but baby noggin bumpers wasn't one of them. :yes:

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Swede
17 minutes ago, Piney said:

We did a lot of things with human skulls prior to being taught scalping, but baby noggin bumpers wasn't one of them. :yes:

In eastern North America (eg modern Kentucky) scalping has been documented at least as early as the Archaic. Trophy limbs were also not uncommon.

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Piney
54 minutes ago, Swede said:

In eastern North America (eg modern Kentucky) scalping has been documented at least as early as the Archaic. Trophy limbs were also not uncommon.

Was that something Webb discovered? Because I never saw that. 

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lightly

Skull helmets on deceased infants huh? . Finally, definitive proof that man is the most superior life form...the very pinnacle of evolution.    I'm sure they had a  good  reason.

maybe the Doors said it best?  ...."people are strange".      ! 

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Eldorado

It's an old skill, eh.

Prehistoric Old World Scalping: New Cases from the Cemetery of Aymyrlyg, South Siberia

https://www.jstor.org/stable/507186?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

Evidence for Prehistoric Scalping in Northeastern Nebraska

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/2052546.1994.11931728

Evidence of Prehistoric Scalping at Vosberg, Central Arizona

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/(SICI)1099-1212(199606)6:3<230::AID-OA268>3.0.CO;2-Y

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Hammerclaw

In the Pacific in WW2, gold-filled teeth were taken as "trophies".

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Ozfactor
3 hours ago, Piney said:

We did a lot of things with human skulls prior to being taught scalping, but baby noggin bumpers wasn't one of them. :yes:

Some religions in India still use skulls as bowls , some Shivites and the Naga Babas use skulls as bowls and decoration. The Mexicans decorate their loved ones skulls and now we have prehistoric skull helmets . 

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Piney
2 minutes ago, Ozfactor said:

Some religions in India still use skulls as bowls , some Shivites and the Naga Babas use skulls as bowls and decoration. The Mexicans decorate their loved ones skulls and now we have prehistoric skull helmets . 

My prayer beads are skulls and my people (Nanticoke-Southern Unami) practiced defleshing and bundling the bones then keeping them for 5 years. 

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Piney
1 hour ago, Eldorado said:

Evidence of Prehistoric Scalping at Vosberg, Central Arizona

Certain tribes in the Southwest took whole faces and stretched them on hoops. 

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Ozfactor
36 minutes ago, Piney said:

My prayer beads are skulls and my people (Nanticoke-Southern Unami) practiced defleshing and bundling the bones then keeping them for 5 years. 

Did they keep the bones in caves and visit them ? I kind of remember seeing a show about a culture that practised defleshing the bones and keeping them in caves like catacombs. 

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Ozfactor
37 minutes ago, Piney said:

Certain tribes in the Southwest took whole faces and stretched them on hoops. 

Was it the faces of enemies or loved ones ?
 

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Piney
5 minutes ago, Ozfactor said:

Was it the faces of enemies or loved ones ?

Enemies. 

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Piney
9 minutes ago, Ozfactor said:

Did they keep the bones in caves and visit them ? I kind of remember seeing a show about a culture that practised defleshing the bones and keeping them in caves like catacombs. 

A "Death House" with a keeper spirit or physical guardian.

https://mht.maryland.gov/documents/pdf/archeology/currentresearch/middle_atlantic_ossuaries.pdf

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Phaeton80
17 hours ago, Piney said:

My prayer beads are skulls and my people (Nanticoke-Southern Unami) practiced defleshing and bundling the bones then keeping them for 5 years. 

 

Interesting, for which religion are these prayer beads?

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Piney
5 minutes ago, Phaeton80 said:

Interesting, for which religion are these prayer beads?

Tendai Buddhism 

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jaylemurph
On 11/18/2019 at 1:02 PM, Swede said:

In eastern North America (eg modern Kentucky) scalping has been documented at least as early as the Archaic. Trophy limbs were also not uncommon.

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Ah, so Kentucky was Kentucky even before it was Kentucky.

—Jaylemurph 

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Piney
17 minutes ago, jaylemurph said:

Ah, so Kentucky was Kentucky even before it was Kentucky.

Dark and bloody ground.......

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Swede
On 11/18/2019 at 3:58 PM, Piney said:

Was that something Webb discovered? Because I never saw that. 

If memory serves, at least some of the recoveries postdate Webb. Will check my library when time allows. Quite the hectic stretch.

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Swede
17 hours ago, jaylemurph said:

Ah, so Kentucky was Kentucky even before it was Kentucky.

—Jaylemurph 

Chuckle! As noted by Piney, the area does have a rather deep-time reputation.

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