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1650-year-old remains of woman with deformed skull found in France

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The remains of an elite woman who died 1650 years ago has been found in a necropolis in France. What’s interesting is that her skull had been flattened during childhood.

“The deformation of the skull with the help of bandages (narrow strips of cloth) and small boards is a practice coming from central Asia,” Lefranc said in an email. “It was popularized by the Huns and adopted by many German people.”

In those times, the deformed, alienlike skull was a privilege reserved for the aristocracy.
“In France, Germany and eastern Europe, these deformed skulls appear in tombs rich in objects,” Lefranc said.

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Story: Tia Ghose, Live Science | Photo: Denis Gliksman, Inrap

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