Alien-like Skulls Found: Researchers Completes Alien-like skulls’ Study (Photo)

By on Dec 22, 2012 in Archaelogy, Science, South America, World Comments
Alien-like skulls found

Alien-like skulls found
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A set of alien-like skulls were found in a 1,000-year-old cemetery in Mexico revealed the practice of deforming skulls of children in Central America. The analysis of the 25 alien-like skulls found in the area was reportedly completed by scientists in November.

The human skulls were intentionally designed to look like that of an alien. These alien-like skulls were deformed, elongated, pointy at the back and others had mutilated teeth.

Scientist explained that the discovery of the alien-like skulls is a manifestation that the practice of deforming skulls has influenced the northern part.

The ancient cemetery, called El Cementerio, was uncovered by Onavas residents in 1999 while they were building an irrigation canal in this Mexican village.

Reports say that El Cementerio was the first pre-Hispanic cemetery found in the state of Sonora.

Cristina Garcia Moreno, an archaeologist at Arizona State University, revealed that “Cranial deformation has been used by different societies in the world as a ritual practice, or for distinction of status within a group or to distinguish between social groups.” She added that “The reason why these individuals at El Cementerio deformed their skulls is still unknown.

The discovery of alien-like skulls include 17 children with an estimated age of 5 months to 16 years-old. Some of the skeletons found in the area contained earrings, nose rings, bracelets, pendants and necklaces made from seashells and snails.

Moreno also said that “The most common comment I’ve read from people that see the pictures of cranial deformation has been that they think that those people were ‘aliens.’ I could say that some say that as a joke, but the interesting thing is that some do think so. Obviously we are talking about human beings, not of aliens.”

Researchers were aiming to get more to help them in their study of burial customs in the area. New finding will them “determine whether there was any interaction between these and Mesoamerican societies — how it was and when it happened.”

Moreno said that they plan to submit their findings to either the journal American Antiquity or the journal Latin American Antiquity.

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