This Ancient Decapitated Skull is Clearly A Head of Its Time

This Ancient Decapitated Skull is Clearly A Head of Its Time

An international team of researchers has uncovered a 9000-year-old decapitated head in Brazil, with a pair of severed hands across its face.

About nine thousand years ago, in what is now Lapo do Santa, Brazil, someone had a very, very bad day (and it had nothing to do with venomous frogs).

Anthropologists and archaeologists have long known about the practise of ritual decapitation in the New World. Until recently, the act was thought to have originated in about 1000 B.C. in human-sacrificing cultures of the Andes, on the Western coast of South America. The discovery of a decapitated skull in Brazil, however, may flip that notion on its head. "We won't get fooled again," said unaffiliated researcher, Detective Horatio Caine.

The dig makes for a pretty grisly sight: placed over the face of the severed head are a pair of hands. The right hand is placed over the left side of the skull, fingers pointing up; the left is arranged in the opposite manner.

The gallery below has high res photos from the dig, for all you decapitation super-fans out there:

For slightly less death-related archaeology news, people in ancient Turkey and Pakistan were big tabletop gamers.

Lapo do Santa is a popular spot for archaeologists - evidence suggests it's been habitated for at least 10,000 years, and because it lies within a protected area, remains are relatively undisturbed. The skull was found in a circular pit, covered with limestone cobbles. It is one of at least 26 burial sites dating back the Holocene period.

Meanwhile, a team excavating a similar spot in Mexico announced they've got one foot in the grave.

Source: Discover News, PLOS One

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I seriously can't tell if the title is a pun or not. Was it intentional?
Ahead of its time. A head of its time.

It's a pun. A rather bad one IMO.

This is kinda cool though. It seems to be ritualistic.

Fuck I love it when we make discoveries that require us to revise or outright rewrite our understanding of a region's development.

Okay, bad puns.
This is just sad.

It is interesting news, don't ruin it with horrible puns.

PatrickJS:
"We won't get fooled again," said unaffiliated researcher, Detective Horatio Caine.

Meet the new boss, dead like the old boss.

Immediately upon reading this, I made the intuitive leap to realize that - oh god - the Fendahl had been found! Fortunately, it's just a surprisingly-early head-chopping. Phew... We got off lucky that time.

The opening pun is much better than what the newspapers can come up with.

Isn't it decapitated body and severed head, not decapitated head? Unless the head itself has had another head removed from it.

Yeah, but what does that mean? Does this sort of burial indicate something specific? Where did the hands come from? Was it placed in the hands of its body, that it got dug up in such a manner, or do the hands belong to someone else? How was the skull severed from the body? Was this article written just as an exercise in bad puns?

GundamSentinel:
Isn't it decapitated body and severed head, not decapitated head? Unless the head itself has had another head removed from it.

Came in to point this out, saw that my services will not be necessary today. Kudos.

 

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