Russian Scientists Unearthed This 2,000-Year-Old Skeleton And Were Stunned By Its Alien-Like Skull
In the summer of 2017 archaeologists were working on an area around the Crimean city of Kerch. As they worked they discovered human remains and artifacts from the Sarmatian civilization. The Sarmatians, actually are believed to be Iranian people, had a sophisticated culture which lasted some 900 years from the 5th century BC onwards.
The findings not only seemed to be from Sarmatian times, but they seemed to show something extremely interesting as well.
The findings were discovered at a burial site in Kyz-Aul. Scientists believed the remains to be one of the most interesting and well-preserved skeletons of a child they had ever seen before. They guessed that the boy was anywhere between 18 months to two years old, a mere child. Archaeologists who studied the area believe he was a boy destined to become a warrior due to the skeleton having a very distinctive feature.
Close to the skeleton of the boy, the researchers discovered a clay pot and some interesting beads. The wrist of the skeleton had a unique copper bracelet. What was most interesting about this dig at this particular time was that it had to do with Crimea’s current situations with geopolitics.
Crimea was previously a part of Ukraine, but in 2014 when President Putin’s Russia annexed the territory, Crimea became added to the Russian mainland by the Kerch Strait, a channel of water that joins the Black Sea with the Sea of Azov. Putin planned for the new territory of Crimea to be linked to Russia through a very ambitious bridge building project, which started in 2015 and aims to be completed by 2019. The disruption caused by the construction is the exact reason why archaeologists got alerted to the area that they are now currently digging the Kyz-Aul site, near the Kerch Strait.
Some believe the boy’s skeleton has an extraterrestrial origin.
The skeleton of the boy has been identified by some as an example of an alien life form. One Russian news source has said that “some adherents of ‘ancient astronauts’ theories claim that the owners of such lengthened skulls may be human-extraterrestrial hybrids.” However, many renowned scientists and researchers have been quick to shut down any idea that this skull has anything to do with aliens. Nikolay Sudarev of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Archaeology Institute is one. He told Russian newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets, “Elongated skulls were traditional for the Sarmatian culture.”
But some aren’t satisfied.
The Sarmatians were known to be very war oriented people and apparently believed that lengthening the skull would build better aggression in their warriors. Although archaeologists have only been able to identify this particular skeleton as being male, the Sarmatians were also well known for having many impressive female fighters among them as well. According to historian David Anthony, “About 20% of Scythian-Sarmatian ‘warrior graves’ on the lower Don and lower Volga contained females dressed for battle as if they were men.”
In fact, the elongated skull wasn’t just unique to the boy skeleton researchers found.
The first archaeologist to discover the bizarre skull-deformation custom among the Sarmatians was Paul Du Brux. Ever since 1826, he discovered various contorted skulls in the ancient burial grounds of eastern Crimea. In fact, the habit of deliberate skull disfigurement had been a well-adopted practice not just throughout Crimea but around the rest of the world as well.
The earliest documentation of skull elongation dates back as far as 400 BC. Hippocrates, the Greek physician was often referred to by many throughout time as the father of all medicine. Hippocrates wrote about the Macrocephali, also known as the Longheads, who researchers and scientists have also proved that they practiced skull elongation as well.
In fact, there were also documentation of some tribes in the Americas who practiced the bizarre re-shaping of the skull. For example, the Maya of the Yucatan in modern-day Mexico also artificially lengthened the skulls of some individuals. They had two styles of deformation, while the Paracas of Peru had as many as five. Researchers and historians now believe that these different styles of skull elongation would have denoted people from various ranks of society.
Even in civilizations as remote as The Pacific Islands had their own forms of skull shaping. A combination of lengthening the skull at the top and flattening the back of the skull was extremely common in islands such as Tahiti, Hawaii, and Malakula. In Malakula the practice involved extreme flattening of the facial features and skull.
Some still believe that these practices were done to emulate visitors from above.
Shaping the human skull like many things is not something that stayed within ancient or isolated tribes. In fact, it became a trend throughout modern times in France. With the dawn of the last century, the practice has died out in France as well as throughout most of Europe. However, in France, the practice of shaping one’s skull was done for different reasons than all the rest.
The French version of cranial manipulation began in the rural Toulouse region of southern France. Rather than having a ritual or cultural significance as with many other forms of skull deformation, it seems that in Toulouse the practice of skull manipulation was done for obtaining unique medical benefits. But what kinds of benefits could one actually have from shaping their skull a certain way?
The practice started in France when peasants would wrap infant’s heads in cloth tightly in order to protect the child from suffering an injury to the head. The binding of babies’ heads is also reported to have occurred in other places such as Scandinavia and Russia for the same reasons as the peasants in France.
When an elongated skull was discovered in Russia at Arkaim, an ancient site that has been dubbed Russia’s Stonehenge. Researchers believed the skull belonged to a woman, was dated to around 2,000 years ago, but just as with the Kyz-Aul skull, many outside the scientific community claimed it was that of an alien.
However, scientist Maria Makurova shot those beliefs down quickly, “Her skull was elongated because the tribe did so by tying up the heads of their children with rope,” she told Russian news agency TASS, “It was clearly a tradition in the tribe.”
The habit of deliberately deforming an infant’s skull may seem cruel and even alien to a modern society but in ancient times it was just another household procedure to prevent injury or to make one a strong warrior. Scientists and researchers don’t have all the reasons yet but they are certain these skulls do not belong to aliens.