Is this perhaps a people that practiced head strapping?
On a side note: the nose, and jaw looks all wrong to be fully human.
edit on 13-12-2012 by MentorsRiddle because: (no reason given)
At 300 meters from the village of Onavas, archaeologists discovered a site with 25 human burials, 13 of which have deformation of the skull, and five dental mutilation.
pre-Hispanic cemetery DISCOVERED IN SONORA *** At 300 meters from the village of Onavas, archaeologists discovered a site with 25 human burials, 13 of which have deformation of the skull, and five dental mutilation *** Such behavior is not ancient burials had been recorded in that entity, which refers to northern groups joined Western culture and practices of Mesoamerica 300 meters from the village of Onavas, south of Sonora, the first cemetery was discovered prehispanic that entity, has about 1,000 years old and is made of burials of 25 individuals, 13 of whom have intentional cranial deformation, and five of these also have dental mutilation, cultural practices similar to those of pre-Hispanic groups in southern Sinaloa and northern Nayarit , which were not registered in the state. Some wore ornaments made from bones and shells of snails Gulf of California, as bracelets, a nose ring, earrings, pendants and necklaces of shell beads, plus an individual was buried with a turtle shell placed at the height of the abdomen. Note that the burials were not accompanied by offerings. For archaeologists, the discovery is relevant evidence of customs that were not recorded in the old Sonora cultural groups: cranial deformation (frontal occipital) was applied to 13 individuals Cemetery ¬ ¬ ¬-known as the site-and modification by the wear of the side of the pieces to give them a "V". "finding the area meets unique because mixed expressions groups in northern Mexico ¬ ¬-like using ornaments made from sea shells Sea of Cortez-Western traditions never before found in Sonoran territory. With this discovery extends the limit of influence of Mesoamerican peoples farther north than it had recorded archeology. " This was emphasized by the archaeologist Cristina Garcia Moreno, director of the research project, which is conducted by Arizona State University , United States, with approval of the National Archaeology Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), to make known the findings derived from the 2012 excavation season. Archaeologist stated that Sonora had not discovered a graveyard as such, the closest is at the archaeological site of La Playa, where they have recovered more than 400 burials, "but that the skeletons were buried in and out of houses," and in this case, it is a specific area for burying the dead. Also, Garcia Moreno stressed that no other archaeological site in Sonora where modifications are identified cranial and dental, nor in the southwest U.S., the cultural area shared with Sonora, whereas "closest cultural groups who developed this kind of traditions are in northern Sinaloa and the National Wetlands area (southern Sinaloa and northern Nayarit), who incorporated their culture some Western customs and Mesoamerica. however, said, "Cemetery belongs Onavas migratory Mesoamerican groups, but one who had a sedentary local development and that at some point in its history established contact with Mesoamerica and incorporated some ideas into their culture. We are under investigation to confirm whether there is a relationship with groups of Sinaloa and Nayarit. " archaeologist Cristina Garcia explained that according to historical sources, the site must have belonged to the old Pima Indians, the region's cultural group whose descendants moved to what is now the Sonora-Chihuahua state line; might be part of a settlement located within the area of traffic were the peoples of the west coast of the U.S. southwest in the turquoise trade, "and in that move populations, the Pimas adopted new traditions from Mesoamerica. " After referring to people who buried their dead there, possibly inhabited what is now the town of Onavas, the researcher explained that the datings performed on human remains match Epiclassic Mesoamerican period (900-1200 AD). "A characteristic of this period in the area of Mesoamerica is that there were great migrations, people started going to the center to other places, dates also coincide with ancient burials deformed individuals, found in Nayarit and Sinaloa. " Cristina García said that cranial deformation in Mesoamerican cultures used to differentiate one from another social group or for ritual purposes, while the dental mutilation in cultures practiced in Nayarit puberty as a rite of passage into adolescence, which is consistent with the findings of Sonora, where the five bodies that are present over 12 years. "In this case, you can not even talk about social differences because all burials have the same characteristics, we have identified a pattern of burial hierarchies tell us.
Nor have we been able to determine why some were ornaments and others not, or why the 25 skeletons only one were female, "he said. skeletal remains of 25 individuals recovered, 17 are children of between 5 months and 16 years and 8 are adults. In this regard, the researcher noted that the number of infants and pubertal identified in the cemetery, can be an indicator of poor practice cranial deformation, which caused his death by excessive force while squeezing the skull. This, he said, is derived from studies conducted on the remains, the results did not show any disease that could have caused his death. Finally, archaeologist Cristina Garcia noted that these findings are giving rise to further research in the southeastern part of Sonora that has been little studied, "the North, the desert, the Northeast and the coast are the most researched, from these findings it is known that the southeast is different from what was known, this side is completely new."
Originally posted by grey580
reply to post by Djayed
That's what she said.
But seriously that's pretty cool.
Why in the world would people deform their heads like that? Unless they seen it somewhere.
They were imitating something.
Originally posted by Druscilla
reply to post by zilebeliveunknown
I was wondering what a "pre-hispanic", commonly called Pre-Columbian, as in before Columbus, cemetary would have to do with aliens.
It's skull shaping.
Still, nice find, but, not aliens.