Elongated skull find in Russia hijacked for pseudoarchaeology ideas

UFO watchers are in a tizz over the discovery of an ancient skeleton with an elongated skull that resembles an ALIEN. The humanoid skeleton was unearthed from a site known as Russia’s Stonehenge and it is being heralded as proof that aliens visited Earth thousands of years ago. Researcher Maria Makurova told Russian news agency TASS: “We have found a well preserved skeleton.

Source: Skeleton With ‘Alien’ Skull Discovered In Russia

Thanks Yahoo for, once again, making a sensational piece of garbage out of an interesting archaeological find. Why is aliens even mentioned? Oh, right… unapologetic click-baiting.

Even the researchers are not saying that the elongated skull is anything too remarkable because they knew the heads were bound with rope to encourage the look.

‘Her skull was elongated because the tribe did so by tying up the heads of their children with rope. It was clearly a tradition in the tribe.’

The less than 2000-year old skeleton likely belongs to a Sarmati tribe woman of today’s Ukraine, Kazakhstan and southern Russia.

I suspect it’s not much different in comparison to current body modifications we see worldwide today. Is there some alien race with holes in their ears and body art we are emulating? No, but that is the crazy idea being proposed in this case.

Check out the comments on the Yahoo piece, if you dare. It’s full of depressingly delusional statements from people who have no understanding of human origins and culture and can’t even digest the article and facts presented. You’ll have that everywhere but it doesn’t help that the media promotes it. They will cater to even the most ludicrous of beliefs and call it “news”.

The Arkaim site was discovered in 1987 and was almost flooded for a land project before its historical worth was known. But the location has frequently been cited by neopagan and pseudoscientific promoters. So, it’s reputation as a woo-woo site is now enhanced by this elongate skull find and hyped misinterpretation.

DN readers will recall that we’ve had several run-ins with unreasonable discussion of elongate skulls before, including involvement by everyone’s least favorite Bigfoot “geneticist” Melba Ketchum, and others with fringe ideas about ancient cultures, possibly “angels”. Worse than fiction, I know…

A mass gravesite with skeletons exhibiting cranial deformation was found in Mexico in 2012. That story too prompted mystery-mongering sites (such as BeforeItsNews) to call it an “alien mass grave”. Total BS. But such bizarre interpretations of real science is handy to support these strange worldviews and, sadly, not enough people can tell the difference between genuine science and blatantly ridiculous pseudoscience.

Interested in pseudoarchaeology? Check out Archaeology Fantasies co-hosted by Dr. Ken Feder!

Tip: JC

  24 comments for “Elongated skull find in Russia hijacked for pseudoarchaeology ideas

  1. Grumpy
    July 29, 2015 at 12:52 PM

    As it’s from Antiquity, I wonder if that Barbarian fashion is mentioned in some text…

    (And surely there were already skeptics: “We shoulden’t deform the bones of our children just to please Big Daddy/Big Mommy”, &c…) 😉

  2. Ronald H. Pine
    July 29, 2015 at 1:47 PM

    Wait a minute! Are we really sure that the correct spelling of that place is “Arkaim,” and not “Arkham?”

  3. Eric
    July 29, 2015 at 2:37 PM

    I do find it fascinating that this was practiced by so many unrelated cultures around the world.

  4. July 29, 2015 at 2:47 PM

    I find it odd that some people yell “alien!” when these finds come to light – don’t they ever read anything outside of their own insane ideas? This head-binding thing has been explained in terms of skulls for years, everywhere from scientific publications to the History Channel (the “Ancient Aliens” show).


  5. busterggi (Bob Jase)
    July 29, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    Nah, Arkhamites had flatish frog-like skulls.

  6. Sk3ptik0
    July 29, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    Since my own mother has never encountered a fake alien story she didn’t believe, I know how these people think.
    Big rocks? Couldn’t have been moved by regular humans trying to build the tallest structure their technology would allow them, a Pyramid. Nope, aliens crossed the depths of space to come here and use their super advanced, gravity defying technology to help us build what is essentially a pile of rocks.

    It never crossed their minds to show us how to make structural steel or even just how to build an Arch so that we could use less stone in our buildings and go higher. Nope. They’d rather use their skills to teach us how to carve and pile rocks more skillfully.

    When you have given up your critical thinking ability, you are done. You’ll believe anything and in fact you’ll interpret everything under that light because otherwise the entirety of your belief is going to pulverize under the weight of evidence.

    My mother and these people cannot afford to let anything go unchallenged. They have built a fairly large business on misinterpreting the past. They can’t let go now.

  7. Eric
    July 29, 2015 at 5:09 PM

    It is unfortunate as ancient cultures were very amazing in their own rights – no alien or supernatural forces needed. Think if the $$$ spend on this ancient alien crap was spent on actual real archyology etc what could be done!!

  8. Dolores
    July 29, 2015 at 5:28 PM

    It appears that Dr. Ketchum is trying to re-invent herself by changing the name of her business (DNA Diagnostics) that got booted from a leased building some time ago. We now see the claim that this was “acquired” by some outfit named Heli-gen, that seems to have no history. Of course, Dr. Ketchum also said she “acquired” the never published journal that refused to publish her paper.

    Does DNAD or Heli-gen have a lab? Or do they just forward stuff to real labs. At Heli-gen’s site we don’t see a physical address. They do claim to have a lab. There is even a picture. Unfortunately that’s not their lab. It’s that of Castle Medical, as can be easily seen at http://www.castlemedical.com/lab-services.html
    Someone’s slip is showing…

  9. July 29, 2015 at 5:47 PM

    Agreed. I always found the argument that ancient cultures “could not have possibly” done this or that to be quite bigoted, to say the least.

  10. Chris
    July 29, 2015 at 6:49 PM

    That is a very common theme on Archaeology Fantasies co-hosted by Dr. Ken Feder. Apparently there is quite a bit of racism in trying to credit non-Native Americans with things like the Mayan pyramids and many elaborate mounds around the American Midwest.

  11. Rich
    July 30, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    Oh, it is. It’s the “They Were Stupid in the Past” theory. The foundation to the theory is the idea that ancient peoples sat around scratching themselves, living in caves or huts, picking their noses and gazing in mild confusion at rocks until Superior Beings came along and gave them knowledge – and then, wallop, pyramids. It’s insulting and, as Chris points out below, often an idea that derives from some pretty shabby motives.

  12. eleggua
    July 30, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    How many is “so many”? And what percentage of all cultures is “so many”?

    Doesn’t seem like “so many”, not compared with the number of cultures wherein people pierce their ears and wear adornments in/on them, another form of body modification.


  13. July 30, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    I agree with both you and Rich.

  14. GrahamH
    July 30, 2015 at 2:07 PM

    In addition to the ancients were stupid/ignorant, you have opposing position when it come to diet (paleo of course) and healthcare (the ancient /modern homeopathy and acupuncture, ayurvedic (whenever that was invented) and so on.

    Amazing, they must have been so focused on medicine and health, other aspects of their civilisation went unheeded.

    ….and I managed to say that with a straight face 🙂

  15. July 30, 2015 at 2:14 PM

    Ha, you’re right! They see no contradiction in using “ancient wisdom” to treat everything from ingrown toenails to cancer, and believing that these same “ancients” were incapable of constructing temples and so on.

    I am so poor, and it would be soooo easy to scam these fools…but alas, I just can’t bring myself to do it. 😛

  16. Rich
    July 30, 2015 at 2:56 PM

    Yes; you’d think people that healthy could lift bigger things.

  17. BobM
    July 30, 2015 at 8:48 PM

    Ah, but they bound up their skulls with rope in order to IMITATE aliens :-). At least that’s what I heard while I was channel surfing the other day.

  18. Daran
    July 31, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    Not all elongated skulls were the result of binding, it seems binding was done later to imitate an ancient race that had this feature. Not aliens.
    From all the finds I read about it looks like there was a lot more variety in human races long ago but there are all strange theories about aliens and head binding

  19. Headless Unicorn Guy
    August 1, 2015 at 4:08 PM

    Ah, yes, that staple of 19th Century American Fringe Literature, the Lost (WHITE) Civilization of the Mound Builders. (Because those redskin savages couldn’t possibly have built anything so sophisticated.)

    Celts,, Vikings, Lost Tribes of Israel, Refugees from Atlantis (if you really wanted to push it), who built a High (WHITE) Civilization with all these Mounds then died off without a trace. Possibly helped along by the stone weapons of the savages in a Manifest Destiny gone sour.

    Take the Lost Tribes of Israel tack and have them go decadent and get killed off by the redskins and you have the plot of several 19th Century American fantasy novels. As well as the new Bible of this new religion that popped up in the Burned Over District of Upstate New York; guy named Smith…

  20. Headless Unicorn Guy
    August 1, 2015 at 4:10 PM

    From the thumbnail of the skeleton, any aliens involved HAD to be from Remulak (which is a small town in France)…

    Consume Mass Quantities and Hone those Cones!

  21. Headless Unicorn Guy
    August 1, 2015 at 4:13 PM

    TIP: Go to YouTube and punch in the search string “Prometheus and Bob”.

  22. August 1, 2015 at 5:53 PM

    Thank you for the tip.

  23. Paul
    August 16, 2015 at 11:37 PM

    Head binding is a fact!
    But…it does also appear that some elongated skulls which are made up pf just 2 plates rather than 3 are a different species of humanoid. Not alien but a part of evolution which has not survived. There is a musuem full of these skulls in Peru

  24. Erik1986
    August 30, 2015 at 9:22 PM

    But then they read Clan of the Cave Bear and must totally bleep over the ancient dying 29 year Neandertal. So much for the Paleo diet!

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