Artificially deformed Ostrogoth skull

Artificially deformed Ostrogoth skull

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Credit: P.PLAILLY/E.DAYNES/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Restrictions: This image may not be used in any context outside of mainstream science without the express permission of Atelier Daynes. Permission must be cleared for use by museums, in exhibitions, private use and front covers. No use in articles about Elisabeth Daynes or the Atelier Daynes.

Caption: Artificially deformed skull. Elisabeth Daynes, an anthropological sculptor at the Daynes studio in Paris, holding the deformed skull of an Ostrogoth woman. The woman, who lived in the 5th century AD and died aged 35-40, was discovered in Globasnitz (Carinthia, Austria). The skull would have been deformed intentionally at birth, a common practice since the Neolithic era. The half-formed cranial bones of a baby are moulded to give them the desired head shape for life, signifying social status or a particular culture or religion. This was achieved by applying pressure in a variety of ways, perhaps by using bands, bandages, boards, compresses of clay or sandbags. Photographed at the Daynes Studio, Paris, France.

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