According to Arizona State University archaeologist, Cristina Garcia Moreno, human skulls believed belonging to children 5 months to 16 years of age were unearthed in 1999 during excavation for an irrigation canal in Mexico.
Twenty-five specimens are described as having alien-like features including unusual dentures.
The skulls were found in an El Camenterio cemetery believed to date back 1000 years. Their appearance is believed to be the result of the skull being encased by boards bound tightly together. Ongoing studies relative to the skulls are slated to be submitted to antiquities publications in the near future.
According to MSMBC:
The site, referred to as El Cementerio, contained the remains of 25 human burials. Thirteen of them had deformed skulls, which were elongate and pointy at the back, and five had mutilated teeth. [ See Photos of the ‘Alien’ Skulls ]
Dental mutilation involves filing or grinding teeth into odd shapes, while cranial deformation involves distorting the normal growth of a child’s skull by applying force — for example, by using cloths to bind wooden boards against their heads.
Research indicates this practice was a part of various rituals in Central America, The El Camenterio unearthing sheds new light on the possibility of practice migration as far north as Mexico. Archaeologist Cristina Moreno maintains many questions relative to why this age group was chosen and why only one was female remain a mystery.
Last year in Peru, a mummified elongated skull was found.
The strangely shaped head – almost as big as its 50cm (20in) body – baffled anthropologists.
It was one of two sets of remains found in the city of Andahuaylillas in the southern province of Quispicanchi, reports the Daily Mail.
Davila Riquelme, who works for the Privado Ritos Andinos museum in Cusco in south-eastern Peru. investigated the findings and agreed it was “not a human being” and would conduct further studies.
He added: ‘Although the assessment was superficial, it is obvious that its features do not correspond to any ethnic group in the world.’