A recent archeological discovery in South America has revealed an unusual and mysterious skull. The skull was found alongside several other bones scattered across the ground, with no genuine clear indication as to what caused their death. There was evidence to suggest that the man was decapitated after his death.
What is most peculiar about this find is the skull itself and its location; it has been found in a remote area of Brazil that had never been previously studied by scientists before.
Archeologists are eager to learn more about these remains and hope that they will add some insight into how these people lived outside of civilization.
Many different civilizations share a sense of religion or spirituality. Ancient Mexican and Brazilian people practiced religious sacrifices.
Remains were discovered inside of the Lapa do Santo cave in an area known as Lagoa Santa, Brazil. The archeologists on this dig certainly weren’t prepared for their discovery, and it startled them. Despite frequently excavating and analyzing human remains extensively, they were unprepared for this gruesome find.
They believe that they’ve stumbled upon an ancient ritualistic beheading discovery. This is even the first time the practice has been documented in the Americas.
Scientists unearthed a skull along, which included two amputated hands. The remains found were believed to have been buried nearly 9,000 years ago. Researchers found the amputated hands on both sides of the face of the head of the ancient person.
The body had been buried, but there were cut marks that indicated the body had been buried with the flesh removed.
The bone had been buried with the flesh removed, as indicated by the cut marks on the flesh.
These remains may help researchers understand the origins and causes of the horrific practices of decapitation that eventually spread through South America. In ancient times, the people of Tupinamba had been known for war trophy head collections.
Arara Indians, who also collected heads, used them to play instruments instead of as trophy pieces. In Peru, the Chmiu people decapitated their heads and collected them after sacrificing them.
Researchers determined that the skull had come from a human living in the cave and had belonged to a man who was a member of that humanity, not an enemy. Per the theory that the beheading and positional elements were part of a ritual, the hands were placed on the skull.
The skull appeared to have been cut into smaller pieces, suggesting the soft tissue on the skull was removed from the bone before it was buried.
Despite the man being an important member of the tribe, researchers don’t know why his head was removed. Scientists believe the man’s head was removed after his death.
In his report, the lead researcher, Dr. Andre Strauss, stated that the ritualistic decapitation revealed the sophistication of early death rituals among hunters and gatherers. Scientists have traced the origins of this practice in South America thanks to the finding from Lapa do Santo, he explained.
He went even so far as to explain that geographically, this discovery brings the known range of this practice to more than 1,240 miles. Therefore, it was an aspect of South American ritual culture as previously thought, but it occurred throughout the early Holocene era.
In South America, the earliest known case of decapitation was thought to have occurred in Peru approximately 3,000 years ago. There is an ancient case in Florida that dates back to about 6,990-8,120 years.
A human settlement is believed to have existed at Lapa do Santo more than 12,000 years ago. An examination of the area revealed evidence of the prehistoric hunter-gatherer culture, including bones from animals and tools.
A shallow pit in a cave was discovered with a skull and bones in the jaw and neck, along with the man’s severed hands. Several limestone slabs had covered the pit, suggesting the body and head were carefully buried.
The man’s hands were cut off and positioned on his face with the palms facing down. The right hand was pointing down, while the left hand was pointing up on one part of his face.