A group of alien-like skulls have been discovered in an old cemetery in Mexico.
But the skulls don’t belong to any extra-terrestrial beings. According to researchers, the alien-like skulls are actually human skulls that were purposefully elongated and deformed.
Researcher Cristina García Moreno, an archaeologist at Arizona State University, said that it was common for people to in Central America to practice cranial deformation. The practice was a ritual in some cultures and a sign of status in others. Moreno said that she wasn’t sure why the skulls at El Cementerio were deformed.
“Cranial deformation has been used by different societies in the world as a ritual practice, or for distinction of status within a group or to distinguish between social groups. The reason why these individuals at El Cementerio deformed their skulls is still unknown.”
Moreno said that several people have speculated that the skulls belong to aliens, but the archaeologist made it clear that the skulls were indeed human.
“The most common comment I’ve read from people that see the pictures of cranial deformation has been that they think that those people were ‘aliens.’ I could say that some say that as a joke, but the interesting thing is that some do think so. Obviously we are talking about human beings, not of aliens.”
Live Science reports that the elongated skulls were found in a 1000-year-old cemetery near the small Mexican village of Onavas. Twenty-five people were buried at the cemetery, and 13 had alien-like skulls. Some also had mutilated teeth. Due to the young age of most of the individuals in the cemetery, between 5 months and 16 years old, researchers believe that they were probably killed during the cranial deformation process.
Researchers may be not know why this society chose to practice cranial deformation, but Moreno said that there is something more important to note about the discovery.
Moreno said: “The most important implication would be to extend the northern boundary of the Mesoamerican influence.”