Skulls show women moved across medieval Europe, not just men

Credit: State Collection for Anthropology and Paleoanatomy MunichArtificial cranial deformation (ACD) may look horrific to modern eyes, but the practice was all the rage in certain cultures for thousands of years. In order to achieve elongated skulls, the heads of babies were tightly bound and, as an attempted protective measure, padded. Over time the binding caused the forehead to flatten and lengthen, while the top of the head rose into a cone shape. The resulting appearance, which by today's standards would be described as alien-like, was permanent and unmistakable. The remains of thirteen such women from what are now Bulgaria and Romania were surprisingly discovered in medieval Bavarian burials within farming hamlets. Their ACD skulls were not the only characteristics that must have made them stand out among the rest of the population, which consisting of mostly blue-eyed blondes. "Indeed, while the local men and women predominantly had blonde hair and blue eyes, the women with ACD ten

Skulls show women moved across medieval Europe, not just men

The newcomers who arrived in the little farming villages of medieval Germany would have stood out: They had dark hair and tawny skin, spoke a strange language and had remarkably tall heads.

Mon 12 Mar 18 from Phys.org

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