As we saw in the last blog, things are not always what they seem to be. We realized that elongated heads are not an isolated phenomenon. They are global, found in many cultures, thousands of kilometers apart and isolated by difficult barriers like oceans, mountains and deserts. The occurrence of elongated heads can be found over long periods of time throughout history, from over 45,000 years ago up to the present. Even more interesting they most often occurred in the elite: royalty, high priests/ priestesses, and nobility in their respective cultures. Let’s take a brief look at who these people were.
We first see these elongated heads from 45,000 BCE in Neanderthal skulls. They have also been recorded in pre-historic Homo sapiens (12,000 BCE), from the Shanidar Cave in Iraq. Their occurrence can also be found in Neolithic Southwest Asia. We see them in the Old World, Huns and Alans, and Eastern Germanic tribes. Hippocrates describes macrocephali, or elongated heads, in 400 BCE. Indigenous peoples of Australia, Maya, and North American Indian tribes (Chinookan of Northwest and Choctaw of the Southwest) also had elongated heads.
The scientific name for elongated heads is dolichocephaloid. Some have tries to suggest that the shaping was caused by hydrocephaly, so called ‘water on the brain’. When this happens, it produces a completely different shape, similar to almost a beach ball. Hydrocephaly would not happen on the large scale that can be found in local people as in the case with dolichocephaloids. Probably the largest group of dolichocephaloids is from the Paracas area in the Andean mountains and coast south of Lima, culturally active from 800 – 100 BCE in what is now Peru. Many researchers feel these skulls are at least 3000 years old. One researcher, Lumir Janku, suggested on examining the Paracas skulls that there were 4 types: pre-modern and Coneheads 1,2, and 3. Interestingly, the ‘pre-modern’ skulls appeared to have Neanderthal features, something that would be ‘impossible’ according to modern archeological theory, so they have been completely dismissed by mainstream science. The (Coneheads)C1,C2 and C3 had much larger heads than modern man, being 2200 – 2500 cubic centimeters, while modern man has an average head size of 1450 cubic centimeters.
When perusing the Paracas History Museum, it becomes apparent that some of the skulls have telltale bumps from being bound or deformed in infancy – but many do not. This would mean that some of these skulls were either transformed by another technique, or that they were naturally an elongated shape. In the Paracas Museum there are also sketches and specimens of mother mummies with unborn fetuses, still in the uterus, who present elongated head structures. It should be noted that these mummies are in close proximity to Nazca, the area where giant geoglyph lines form the famous pictures that can only be seen from high above.
Another interesting feature of the Paracas elongated skulls is that many of them lacked molar teeth, and had pencil tip-sized holes in the back of the head not found in modern human skulls. A lack of molars has also been noted in the elongated skulls found in Iraq. The two holes in the back of the skull plainly should not be there. They resemble similar holes in modern man’s interior jaw, which allow nerve and blood vessels to exit the skull. It has been theorized that these additional holes are there to help feed the larger skull capacity with additional arteries. The average human skull has three main plates, which make up the upper portion of the cranial area (frontal plate and two parietal plates behind). In the “natural-looking” Paracas skulls there are only two plates (one frontal and one parietal). Even more specific the enlongated skulls themselves had much thicker bone. All of this does give evidence to these skulls coming from a different, but related species. Could they be the ‘fallen angels’ mentioned in the Old Testament of the Bible? These ‘angels’ were said to have bred with the women of man to create the giants of old; they are talked about at great length in Sumerian tablets. When you put this information in a back drop of megalithic structures, found in Peru, that defy reproduction even by modern builders, it is possible to believe that the “Coneheads” come from a very advanced culture, with a unique level of technology.
Recently pieces of these skulls, as well as their skin and hair, have been extracted to perform DNA tests. Due to cost and time this is a slow procedure. We are all anxious to see the results. Here are a few You tubes to show you additional skulls (Here and Here )
There are several theories on who these people were. As we saw in our last blog, the common belief of mainstream science is that these were people with normal head shapes that went through some form of binding in infancy to shape the head for cultural and possibly political reasons. While this is quite possibly true in some cases, others believe that there were some people that had this elongated shape naturally, and others may have been copying them. Let’s look at some of the most interesting alternative theories:
The Atlantis Theory
Some people feel the various different shapes of heads were remnants of the citizens of the lost continent of Atlantis. These people either had this shape naturally or had some specific reason to shape the head from infancy to enhance some person power, may it be political power, mental capacity or psychic ability. In this theory the surviving Atlanteans became seeds for other cultures, providing knowledge of science and psychic arts wherever they dispersed to. They founded cultures in Mexico, Peru, Egypt and beyond. Other people started copying them, creating the elongated heads as a custom representing a certain class of people. A similar theory says that these people were the survivors of another lost Pacific continent, the continent of Mu, which disseminated coneheads to South America and Mexico.
The “Watchers” are mentioned in the Books of Enoch. References can also be found in ancient Sumerian writings. Andrew Collins believes they came from what is now Northern Kurdistan, Iraq and the mountains of Lebanon. They were thought to be people of tremendous knowledge and had the power of flight, allegedly going all over the world in boats and airships. These airships are also mentioned in the famous vimanas of epic Hindu text such as the Ramayana – airships in antiquity. They travelled to distant lands, and are still familiar today in Buddhist and Hindu myths. We get glimpse of this in the middle easts magic carpet rides. This might explain why the head shaping is so widespread in the world.
The Nephilim-Extraterrestrial Theory
The Nephilians are theorized by some to be a ‘space alien’ race that came to our planet a long time ago and helped shape ancient civilizations. They gave us science, culture and writing. They had cone-shaped heads. There are statues and figurines of these people in ancient Sumerian sites in Iraq. As the ETs returned to their own homes, the humans left in charge (the elite) emulated them to appear distinctly different from normal humans.
Another Species of Hominid
Blending some of these theories together, some feel there was an ancient species of Hominids unknown to modern man, similar to Homo sapiens, who naturally had cone-shaped heads. Highly intellectual and advanced in many areas, they helped seed many of the cultures around the world, possibly travelling extensively. For unknown reasons they died out, either due to some health issues in their genetic line, war, famine or some natural disaster that they didn’t survive. Others again emulated them for favorable positions among the Homo sapiens survivors.
Cranial deformation of elongated skulls is well known among some of the pharaohs. Akhenaton is shown to have an elongated head as did his wife, Queen Nefertiti, as seen in one of the most famous Egyptian limestone busts. Their son, Tutankhamen (King Tut) also had an elongated head. All the other six siblings also had elongated skulls. This group brought to Egypt new customs and a belief in a monistic God, instead of all the lesser gods known to the local priests of the time. Understandably they were not popular with many of the elite, especially the high priests, and there were attempts to eradicate these concepts from Egyptian beliefs. But Akhenaton let these concepts leave Egypt with his then-follower (or possibly the opposite) Moses, of Jewish fame. Moses kept these concepts alive in the desert, culminating in the famous Ten Commandments and the Ark of Covenant. There are many other examples of elongated heads in Egypt and other ancient cultures in the region, at the time of Akhenaton and long before. Large groups of cone-shaped heads have been found in Malta (a group of islands in the middle of the Mediterranean), associated with the very complex and advanced megalithic ruins that are now dated to 7000 – 9000 BCE, clearly earlier then the Egyptian and Sumerians.
It is not established for certainty, but many scholars believe the Huns descended from the Xiongnu (or Hsiungnu) people, in the area that is now Mongolia. They eventually migrated and intermingled with Siberian, Turkic, Ugric and Iranian peoples. It was from central Asia that they launched their fierce drive that helped bring down the Roman Empire. In burial sites there and in Germanic areas, 1–5 % of the skulls had elongated heads from the fourth to fifth century CE. However, in the Alani and Sarmatian burial sites in Eastern Europe, cemeteries of the second to fourth centuries CE had 80% of the skeletons exhibit deformed crania.
Taoist Coneheads of Ancient China
Taoist art shows a number of the “masters” and “immortals” with either elongated skulls similar to the Mayan and Olmec of Mexico. One of the most prominent Taoist immortals with an elongated head, and I must admit my favorite, is Shou Xin Gong (translated as “Start of Longevity”). There are many statues and figurines of the immortals of China found up to present day. Shou Xin is a symbol of long life and is often depicted holding a peach and a Reishi mushroom in his hands. Many believe that Shou Xin could fly, with tales of him going into the heavens in a cloud of smoke. The era that he was supposed to have lived is 1200 – 1500 BCE, similar to the time-lines of the existence of the early Olmec of Mexico. Some feel these predecessors of the Maya had direct communication with the Chinese, as much of the art, symbols and culture (including five-element theory and acupuncture, reverence for jade, and use of mushrooms) can be found in both cultures starting in the same time period.
Were these elongated skull people from around the world another species? Did they come from the heavens, another dimension, another time or were they extraterrestrial? It appears they were often associated with very old cultures that had advanced building techniques, mostly on the megalithic scale. Will we see these “people” again? Well, I will leave that up to your imagination.