> Thanos5150 Wrote:
> > Another recent find of interest:
Ancient Long-Headed Skull from Korea was Naturally Formed
> > Research paper:
Bio-Anthropological Studies on Human Skeletons from the 6th> Century Tomb of Ancient Silla Kingdom in South Korea.
Skeleton of 7,500-Year-Old ManFound Almost Intact in Iran
> While the article doesn't note the obvious
> elongated skull, such "long-headed" skulls are
> common in ancient Iran. Though elongated skulls of
> various types have been found in the greater
> Mesopotamian region spanning thousands of years
> well into the historical period, dating back to at
> least the 9th millennium BC, in Iran alone, some
> of the oldest, dozens of "long-headed" type
> elongated skulls have been excavated from just 18
> sites dated to the 8th-5th millenniums:
PREHISTORY OF IRAN: ARTIFICIAL CRANIALMODIFICATIONS
> Different in appearance than those commonly
> associated with the Ubaid of Mesopotamia from the
> same period:
> While the Ubaid type of elongated skulls may have
> been artificially deformed (though probably not
> all), despite the fact the Iran article insists
> these too are all "artificial", the "long-headed
> type", there is a growing body of scientific study
> that is proving that at least with some types of
> elongated skulls, like the long-headed type
> pictured above from Korea as well as those found
> in the Amarna period in Egypt, are in fact
> natural. I would suggest that many of the ancient
> elongated skulls cataloged as being caused by
> artificial cranial deformation were uncritically
> done so based on assumptions derived from similar
> but different modern examples and believe that for
> these skulls to be scientifically re-examined
> using modern methods that many would in fact prove
> to be natural as well.
Along with the Anu ziggurat of Uruk, the mud brick Sialk Ziggurat of Iran is considered the oldest in the world dating to c. 3,000BC with occupation of the site going back to at least c. 5500-6,000BC.
Dating to the earliest periods, several skull types are found including several what I call "Cro-Magnoid" (hyperdilochocephalic) skulls as well as the less extreme more rounded "Ubaid-type" spoken of before.
Regarding the remains found at Sialk:
In Sailak I-V a number of human crania were found in graves and it was possible for H.V. Vallios to examine some eighteen of them and to make determinations of their respective head forms. There were four groups, comprising hyperdolicho-, dilocho-, meso- and brachycephaly (beginning in Sialk II). Perhaps the most interesting result was that in the periods preceding 'Ubaid (Sailk I-II) five out of eleven skulls were hyperdolichocephalic, whereas only one out of four displayed this extreme long-headedness in the earlier 'Ubaid period, Sialk, and thereafter there was no more of this type.
The Development of Cities.
10yr old girl c. 5500BC:
While elongated skulls of various types as we know have been found all over the world well into AD times, much more than people realize, the fact of the matter is that apparently beginning in the 9th millennium, most notably from the 6th millennium onward, the greater Mesopotamia region in particular (including the Levant and Anatolia) was a very strange place filled with large numbers of rather unusual looking people. These are not an accumulation of unique instances, but rather the norm found ubiquitously across thousands of years of Mesopotamian culture, eventually bleeding into Egypt during the later predynastic period, which all told represents nothing short of a phenomenon.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 26-Apr-17 20:18 by Thanos5150.