History is full of surprises, and archaeology allows us a rare glimpse into the past that often reveals more than any textbook ever could. Every discovery helps to dig up new information about the way the world was in the time of our ancestors. From vampires to giant man-crushing wombats, here are ten of the strangest archaeological finds.
10. The Alien Skulls of Mexico
Mexican villagers were digging into the ground when they found a mass grave, filled with 25 ancient corpses. Around half of the bodies had freakishly long skulls. Although some people were quick to suggest that the bodies were those of aliens, researchers believe that the skulls were reshaped on purpose – while their owners were still alive.
Children in the Central American cultures of 1,000 years ago had their skulls forced into odd shapes from a young age. Their heads were bound with flat boards, which put enormous pressure on their skulls. The pressure forced the bone tissue to grow upwards rather than outwards – resulting in something that looks a lot like an alien.