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MEXICO CITY — A mass grave discovered in southern Mexico with the remains of 167 people is approximately 1,300 years old, the Chiapas state prosecutor's office said in a statement, after authorities had originally thought the grave was only 50 years old.
Forensic experts and anthropologists said the skulls showed signs of artificial deformation practiced more than 1,000 years ago by natives in the area, the statement dated Saturday said. Ancient pottery was also found at the site, it said.
The Maya people, who lived in Southern Mexico and Guatemala, would use planks to flatten and elongate the skulls of infants.
Oxygen deficient atmospheres are the basis for many occurrences of single and multiple deaths; the deceased will be found lying prone on the bottom of a tank, and then the observer will rush in to rescue them, and succumb to the same effect, hence the need to vent or purge the inert gases from all tanks before entry.
Originally posted by dude69
Hmm...sorry don't have an answer for your question, but why did they want their heads to be flat and elongated??? That's strange enough as it is...sounds like they were trying to emulate something, or someone...edit on 12-3-2012 by dude69 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Versa
People all over the world practice body modification, always have and probably always will. From tattoos to elongated necks to bigger boobs to utterly unexplainable alteration...
Originally posted by Pauligirl
I wonder what anthropologists will make of the last two a thousand years from now.