Skulls hold the most potential for revealing the secrets of humanity’s past.
For millennia, archaeologists have studied unusual skulls and artifacts that defy easy explanation. Numerous archeological findings continue to challenge modern man’s understanding of history.
However, the Earth holds countless untold secrets such as these ten incredibly intriguing skulls.
1 – Toddler’s elongated skull from Crimea
The burial place of a 1.5-year-old boy with a deformed elongated skull was unearthed by archaeologists in Crimea. The scientists immediately dubbed the finding an ‘alien’ due to the unusual structure of the skull.
The remains were found near the village of Yakovenkovo in the eastern part of the Crimean Peninsula, says the Archaeology Fund, a group that organizes digs across Central Russia, Crimea and Northern Africa.
2 – The Strangest Ancient Peruvian Skull
It was found in an ancient cemetery in the Paracas area of Peru by local people along with 4 other far more human-like skulls, and complete bodies. It is clearly not human, but what is it?
What is the strange fold or crease in the center top part of the head? Could it be the preserved skull of an ancient Peruvian dog?
The Chincha culture of the area, which existed prior to the arrival of the Inca up until about 1450 AD had domestic dogs, so it is possible that the Paracas did as well, more than 2000 years ago. More to be learned about this and other finds in the near future.
3 – Elongated Skulls of Mexico and Peru
Paracas is a desert peninsula in Pisco Province on the south coast of Peru.
Around 300 of the amazing skulls were found by Peruvian archaeologist Julio Tello in 1928 in an elaborate graveyard. But there still remains a mystery over the shape of the Paracas skulls.
Cranial deformation changed the shape of a skull, but in normal cases did not alter other features. However, the Paracas skulls have other unusual features and are the biggest elongated skulls ever found.
4 – Alien-Like Skulls Discovered in Mexico
Archaeologists recently unearthed 13 alien-looking human skulls in a cemetery in western Mexico.
The skulls date somewhere between 945 to 1308 A.D. Originally the skulls baffled researchers. However, under closer examination, the skulls were discovered to be human skulls that formed into alien-like shapes. Why these individual skulls were warped is unknown.
Cristina Garcia Moreno, a researcher from Arizona State University, told ABC News, “We don’t know why this population has specifically deformed heads.”
Some archaeologists believe that the skull deformation was a ritual among many indigenous groups in South America. Of the 25 burials in the cemetery, 17 were children between 5 months and 16 years of age. The skulls showed no signs of disease, which makes the cause of death rather mysterious.
5 – Demonic-looking Lkulls Found Near a Nazi Briefcase
Mr. Melikov was reported as saying the creature was “unlike anything known to man”.
The skulls were reportedly discovered by a team of explorers led by scientist Vladimir Melikov in a cave on Mount Bolshoi Tjach, Russia.
Despite being found two years ago, news of it has only gone global after a separate find in the woods nearby of a Nazi briefcase and a German full-color map of the Adygea region made in 1941.
According to reports the briefcase, picked up by a local hermit, had the emblem of the Ahnenerbe – the most secretive Nazi institute founded by Heinrich Himmler in 1935 to find evidence that the Aryan race had once ruled the entire globe.
But it soon branched into occultism, paranormal research, pseudoscience, and the study of UFOs and weapons development due to Himmler’s obsession with such topics. The strange appearance of the skulls has led to speculation the Nazis could have made contact with aliens or even summoned demons in the remote area and these were the remains.
Conspiracy websites have connected the mysterious skulls with the occultism of the SS Ahnenerbe institution and concluded the skulls could be those of dead demons or even aliens
6 – The First Ever Leper
The skull of the 4,000-year-old leper skeleton was found buried in Rajasthan, India. The skeleton was interred within a large stone enclosure that had been filled with vitrified ash, considered purifying in Vedic tradition.
A 4000-year-old skull was found in India in 2009 with tell-tale signs of leprosy making him the oldest leper ever found. Though it is no longer a significant public health threat in most parts of the world, leprosy is still one of the least understood infectious diseases, in part because the bacteria that causes it (Mycobacterium leprae) is difficult to culture for research and has only one other animal host, the nine-banded armadilloes.
7 – The Crystal Skulls
This specimen, owned by the British Museum in London, was originally thought to have been made by the Aztecs of Mexico but was later determined to be a fake.
The mystery surrounding the origin of crystal skulls has drawn supernatural speculation.
Crystal skulls are not uncommon or terribly mysterious. Thousands are produced every year in Brazil, China, and Germany.
There are perhaps a dozen of these rare crystal skulls in private and public collections. Some are crystal clear, others of smoky or colored quartz. Some are actual human size and of very fine detail, while others are smaller and less refined. All are believed to originate from Mexico and Central America.
Many believe these skulls were carved thousands or even tens of thousands of years ago by an ancient Mesoamerican civilization. Others think they may be relics from the legendary island of Atlantis or proof that extraterrestrials visited the Aztecs sometime before the Spanish conquest.
8 – The Vampire of Venice
The skull of the “Vampire of Venice,” was found in a mass plague grave with a brick stuck in its jaw.
The 16th-century woman was discovered among medieval plague victims in 2006. Her jaw had been forced open by a brick—an exorcism technique used on suspected vampires in Europe at the time.
During medieval times, if someone was suspected of being a vampire, the quick fix was to shove a brick or large rock into their jaw post-mortem, thus breaking their jaw and leaving their corpse unable to bite people. History is a little murky on exactly what this woman did to convince others of her vampirism, but her skull was rendered vampire-less with a large rock and buried like that.
She likely was either put to death for witchcraft and this was a safeguard, or she just lived a really long time. Yes, just having a nice, long life would get you accused of vampiric activities back then. The standard age of the time was 60, and if you made it too far past that, then you were clearly an undead beast who needed a brick to the face.
9 – 300-year-old Tibetan Carved Skull
Yet nobody is able to determine what that significance is, let alone who carved the skull, or the identity of the person to whom the skull once belonged.
An intricately carved skull was found in an antique shop in Vienna, which caught the attention of numerous researchers from various organizations. The skull which is said to be around 300 years old, seems to hold some religious significance as it is carved with figures and symbols all over.
While the owner of this skull is unknown, the shop from which this was found claimed that a man sold it to him. He added that the man got this skull from his ancestor, who was essentially a doctor, traveling throughout Asia. He once treated an abbot in a Buddhist Monastery in Tibet, and in return, he gave him that skull along with numerous other things.
Researchers claimed that the letters carved on the skull could possibly be Devanagari Script, reading “Om, Ma, Sa, Ma, Ta, Sa, Om, Da, Ma, Ta.” Some claimed that the script was an ancient Indian script called Ranja.
10 – Prehistoric Skulls with Bullet-like Holes
A replica of the Broken Hill/Kabwe skull from the Museum in Livingstone, Zambia, with the ‘bullet hole’ on he left.
Nearly one century ago, a Swiss miner was searching for metal ore deposits in the limestone caves of Kabwe, Zambia, when he found an ancient skull that dated back to between 125,000 and 300,000 years.
It was the first fossil to be discovered in Africa with Homo sapiens characteristics. But there was an even bigger surprise – the skull had a small, circular-shaped hole on the side, which forensic scientists say could only have been created by an extremely high-velocity projectile, such as that caused by a bullet.
The mystery was compounded by the discovery of an ancient auroch skull with exactly the same feature. The discoveries have led to many wild and wonderful speculations, but we are really no closer to solving the puzzle.