Deformed human skulls, reminiscent of what we believe an alien’s head would look like, were recently dug up in a 1,000-year-old pre-Hispanic cemetery found in the northern Mexican state of Sonora.
According to researchers, the cemetery was discovered by residents back in 1999, and has now been named, “El Cementerio.” Now according to research, Fox News is reporting that the skulls found are indeed from humans.
Of the 25 burials at the site, 17 were children between five months and 16 years of age — 13 of the burials had their skulls deliberately mutilated into strange, elongated, alien-like shapes. This practice according to scientists is known as cranial deformation, which has been used by societies to distort the normal growth of a child’s skull by using force. Five out of the 25 also had mutilated teeth.
"Cranial deformation has been used by different societies in the world as a ritual practice, or for distinction of status
within a group or to distinguish between social groups," said researcher Cristina García Moreno, an archaeologist at Arizona State University, in an NBCNews.com article. "The reason why these individuals at El Cementerio deformed their skulls is still unknown."
According to researchers, cranial deformation and dental mutilation were common among the pre-Hispanic populations of Mesoamerica, including the Olmec, Aztec and Mayan people in western Mexico. Up to this point, scientists have not seen these two practices in Sonora or the American Southwest, which is suggesting the people at El Cementerio had been influenced by migrants from the south.