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