WE CAN NOW SEE THE FACE OF A MAN WHOSE SKULL WAS ON A STAKE 8,000 YEARS AGO
So this is kind of crazy. There’s a saying about putting a face on things. But this time, it’s a little mind blowing. That man in the picture above was a real person, 8,000 years ago. And next to him is his skull. The man lived during the Mesolithic era in Sweden 8 millennia ago. You know, 6,000 years before Christ? And for whatever reason, people back then mounted his skull on a stake. Yes, they cut off his head and put it on a long stick, stuck in the ground. No, we have no idea why. But that isn’t casual, to be sure.
MESOLITHIC, PREHISTORIC MAN’S SKULL MISSING MANDIBLE, BUT COMPUTER RECONSTRUCTION REVEALS FACE
Archeologists found this man’s skull and others. All sat on top of stakes, years ago. The find was at an ancient burial site in Sweden. The people there, that long ago, were prehistoric hunter-gatherers. And less than a decade since the discovery, a computer assisted researchers in reconstructing the face from one of the skulls. It really, really personifies the find. The man was roughly 50-60 years old. Which is kind of old, back then. No doctors, dentists, or vacations back then, you know. But seeing a face from a skull that once sat on a stake 8,000 years ago brings home just how much has changed. But a man’s face? He could be someone alive today and you couldn’t tell the difference.
WHY WAS HIS SKULL ON A STAKE? WE STILL HAVE NO IDEA, BUT EVENTS WERE CLEARLY VIOLENT
The site that the archeologists found this and several other skulls was at Kanaljorden, which lies near the Motala Ström river. There, they found the remaining bits of 10 people, including one infant. 8,000 years ago, people placed them in stacks on top a big layer of big stones. All of the remains had signs of bludgeoning and blunt force trauma before death. Some of the skulls had signs of older injuries that had healed. But the researchers found no mandibles at all. That means, no lower jaw bones. Three of the adult male skulls showed signs of blunt force trauma post mortem, as well. That’s something we don’t really see until the Middle Ages.
Regardless, look at that face. And be glad you weren’t alive back then for similar treatment.