What are the Paracas Skulls? Explore the Ancient Mystery.
The Paracas skulls are a massive collection of ancient, elongated skulls discovered on Peru’s south coast. Julio Tello, a Peruvian archaeologist, made the discovery in 1928, when he recovered more than 300 elongated skulls from the Paracas desert peninsula.
While elongated skulls are not a new phenomenon, the Paracas skulls are particularly curious for three reasons: They are the largest elongated skulls found anywhere on Earth; they contain mysterious, unknown DNA; and they are structurally different from other elongated human skulls that have been found.
Theories Behind the Paracas Skulls
There are several theories of how the Paracas skulls came to be:
Artificial cranial deformation
Artificial cranial deformation, known more commonly as head binding or head flattening, is an ancient technique in which an infant’s head is manually deformed to create an elongated shape. This is accomplished by placing the child’s head between two pieces of wood over a prolonged time period.
Why would someone do such a thing? It’s believed ancient peoples associated the elongated head shape with spiritual or social status, making it a desirable trait.
There is abundant evidence that certain cultures utilized this practice (and some still do so today). However, the Paracas skulls are distinct from those found in other cultures because of their structure and their genetic makeup.
There is some evidence a genetic mutation gave the Paracas skulls their elongated appearance.
DNA tests show the skulls contain a foreign, never-before-seen genetic mutation. Is it possible this mutation caused the skulls to elongate? Perhaps it is the same genetic mutation that caused the hair color of the Paracas peoples to mutate as well — some of the discovered Paracas skulls have red or blond hair, which has no explanation other than genetics.
In addition to the unknown DNA, the skulls have another curious feature that supports the theory that they are not fully human: the location of the foramen magnum, or the hole in the skull that the spinal cord passes through.
According to researcher L.A. Marzulli, the foramen magnum on the Paracas skulls is located on a spot that’s lower than where it should be. While some may assume this to be a side effect of head binding, this is misleading. Head binding and similar practices only change the shape of the skull; they do not alter other aspects of the skull’s structure.
The foramen magnum isn’t the only structural feature that stands out on the skulls. The Paracas skulls are also “25 percent larger and 60 percent heavier” than typical human skulls, and they contain only one parietal plate instead of two. Clearly, there are some distinct structural differences that make the Paracas skulls a curious anomaly.
Is it possible the Paracas skulls have a correlation to “Ata,” the nickname of a 6-inch humanoid found in the Atacama Desert in Chile? Ata also sports an elongated skull, as well as a diminutive stature and other physical abnormalities. With such evidence, along with the fact that Ata also was discovered in South America, it’s possible the Paracas skulls and the tiny skeleton have much in common.
The Paracas Skulls: Unsolved Mystery?
There are several sound theories about the origins of the Paracas skulls. While scientists have conducted extensive research on the skulls, there is always more to explore.
Conventional news outlets and think tanks are quick to dismiss anything out of the ordinary, which is why it’s important to do your own research and come to your own conclusions.
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Psychics and Archaeologists Solve History's Mysteries
Archaeology can be frustratingly hit or miss — years of tedious digging can lead to nothing. Many discoveries occur during construction excavation, road building, and recently, by drone photography that reveals soil and vegetation disruption over ancient sites.
While most academic archaeologists dismiss psychic research methods for locating ancient objects and sites, others use them with great success, pinpointing exact locations for excavation. Below are examples of successful automatic writing, psychometry, and remote viewing in archaeological research.
Frederick Bligh Bond
Frederick Bligh Bond was a 19th-century British architect, archaeologist, and illustrator. The son of an Anglican minister, Bond was also a member of the London-based Society for Psychical Research (SPR), dedicated to understanding paranormal phenomena such as telepathy and ghosts.
Bond designed school and university buildings, a hospital, and once, a pub, over time becoming the U.K.’s foremost expert in church architecture and restoration. He was also fascinated with gematria, a Kabbalistic system based on the esoteric numerical value of Hebrew letters and words. By applying gematria to measurements of medieval religious structures, Bond discovered sacred symbolism designed into ancient churches, chapels, and abbeys, even if they were little more than ruins.
Bond’s Glastonbury Edgar Chapel Discovery
Glastonbury, in Somerset, is home to the ruins of a magnificent seventh-century abbey. Archaeological investigations show the area had been used or inhabited by occupying Romans and Saxons. While the site has a significant place in church history, it is also connected to Arthurian legends and is said to be the site of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere’s tombs.
The Anglican Church invited Bond, with his deep knowledge of church restoration, to direct archaeological digs at Glastonbury in 1908 — thus began the paranormal field of psychic archaeology in modern times. By combining his two passions, ancient religious sites and psychic exploration, Bond invented the controversial discipline, much to the dismay of academics and scientific method-based archaeologists.
Bond and his friend John Bartlett, another SPR member, devised a plan — to attempt to make contact with long-dead abbey residents via automatic writing. Glastonbury, the supposed site of the mythic Avalon, held other mysteries.
After his crucifixion, the gospels state that Christ’s body was entombed by his disciple Joseph of Arimathea. A wealthy man, Joseph had kept his devotion to his teacher hidden from authorities. Centuries later, legends placing him in the midst of Arthurian grail legends and Glastonbury history emerged. Some believed Joseph accompanied Mary Magdalene, said to be Jesus’s widow, and their child Judah, to the British Isles. Those legends continue to swirl around Glastonbury to this day.
Bond wanted to find evidence of the lost Edgar Chapel, founded by Joseph of Arimathea, on the site of the abbey ruins. In November 1907, he and Bartlett, using the automatic writing method, stated the question, “Can you tell us anything about Glastonbury?” They had no idea who might respond, but an answer came back; “All knowledge is eternal and available to mental sympathy.”
Many sittings and conversations later, Bond and Bartlett had coordinates for where to dig for the chapel foundation. In fact, there was a building foundation precisely where Bond directed workers to dig.
Eventually, Bond’s methods and discovery exploded into a maelstrom of controversy; church and academic communities turned their collective attention on debunking and denying the truth of Bond’s discovery. Blasting Bond for employing “pseudoscience,” the facts of the discovery were overlooked in favor of campaigning to discredit Bond and his methods.