Previous skulls have been found with a similar shape, like the one pictured.
Archaeologists believe the elongated skull belonged to a woman living in an ancient tribe on a site known as Russia's Stonehenge, now modern day Ukrain.
Her skeleton has sparked fresh ideas about extraterrestrial visitor to earth.
The elongated skull shaped slightly like an egg on an otherwise humanoid form has deepened enthusiasm from UFO enthusiasts who claim it's proof that aliens had once visited Earth.
Archaeologists insist on a perfectly reasonable explanation for the misshapen skull. They say the tribe which had lived in Arkaim near the modern-day city of Chelyabinsk in central Russia used to bind children's heads to make them grow out of shape.
UFO watchers have countered with the claim that if that was so, it was simply a way of mimicking the skulls of the alien visitors, therefore cementing proof of visitation.
A head researcher has spoken to the Russian news agency TASS, but declined to comment on speculation it was attributed to alien visitors because they were still working on theories about the tradition.
Scientists who revealed the photographs of their discovery say the body was probably from the second or third century after Christ. (I'm not sure how this date relates to a 4,000 year-old site. Seems to be conflict between 4,000 years ago and less than 2,000 years. Unless I'm missing something or my sums are wrong.)
Discovered in 1987, the Akraim archaeological site, believed to have been built around 4,000 BC along the same lines as the British monument, has yielded spectacular revelations. As well as being a primitive astronomical observatory like Stonehenge, it included a village fortified by two large stone circular walls. As an important site to study Bronze Age, the settlement covers an area of some 220,000sq-ft and consists of two circles of dwellings separated by a street, with a central community square in the centre.
How do they do it?
'Artificial cranial deformation, head flattening, or head binding is a form of body alteration in which the skull of a human being is deformed intentionally. It is done by distorting the normal growth of a child's skull by applying force. Flat shapes, elongated ones (produced by binding between two pieces of wood), rounded ones (binding in cloth), and conical ones are among those chosen. Typically, it is carried out on an infant, as the skull is most pliable at this time. In a typical case, headbinding begins approximately a month after birth and continues for about six months.' From Wikipedia.
Why do they do it?
The cultural preference for elongated skulls has found its way onto every continent on the earth suggesting a cultural connection of great antiquity, and therefore one of potential importance. In the earliest Sumerian Al Ubiad pottery, there is a clear association to the gods, and variations on the idea that it was a symbol of status, high rank, or wisdom have been recorded in the traditions of differing cultures around the world. A common theme exists in the minds of people to this day.
Did this cranial deformity ever exist naturally in humans?
If so, why has it been copied by so many people for such a long time?
It does make me wonder why they would do such a thing, and why they considered mutilating the bone structure of the head would make them more attractive.
What do you think—fashion, status or emulating aliens?