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Artificially deformed Ostrogoth skull

Artificially deformed Ostrogoth skull


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Artificially deformed skull. Skull of an Ostrogoth woman, deformed intentionally at birth. The skull of a newborn baby is malleable so as to ease its passage through the birth canal. A common practice since the Neolithic era has been to mould the half-formed cranial bones of a baby to give them the desired head shape for life, to signify 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. This woman lived in the 5th century AD, died at the age of 35-40 and was discovered in Globasnitz in Carinthia, Austria. Photographed at the Daynes Studio, Paris, France.

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