Researchers found that two children were buried more than 2000 years ago in strange “helmets” from the skulls of other children.
Scientists led by study co-author Sarah Jengst in the anthropology department of the University of North Carolina have discovered remains on a site called Salango in Ecuador and recently published their findings in Latin America of Antiquity.
Researchers believe that this is the only known case of the use of children's skulls as helmets for the burial of babies, and they do not know what killed the babies and children.
The face of one baby "looked through the arch of the skull" – the space in which the brain is located, reports Live Science.
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Science reports that between the baby’s head and the helmet, a “phalanx of the arm” was discovered, which is a type of arm bone.
Researchers reportedly do not know whose hand was implicated.
Archaeologists also noted that children's skulls probably had flesh when they were turned into helmets, because helmets would probably not have held together without flesh.
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A colleague from UNC joined Jangstu along with scientists from Yale and the University of Technique de Manabi who reported these results.