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Deformed ‘Alien’ skulls offer clues about life during the Roman Empire’s collapse

Tight wrapping in childhood produced deliberately deformed skulls.

Artificially deformed skull of an adult woman. Permanent binding during childhood caused the elongation of the braincase and depressions in the bone. (Image credit: Balázs G. Mende. Research Centre for the Humanities, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary)