[< Gallery Home | Latest Images | Top 100 | Submit Picture >]
<< Previous Picture | Next Picture >>
| Musée National de Préhistoire |
[336 x 448 JPG]
Unless otherwise stated, this image is the copyright of the submitter. Contact them for permission to reproduce it.
|Description ||Trepaned skull.|
The "Musée National de Préhistoire" is situated in the centre of Les Eyzies de Tayac village.
It's the most important place in Dordogne for Prehistory where people can admire superb prehistoric collections.
|I wonder how people survived after this drastic operation, and why they took such huge pieces out? (Or perhaps they DIDN'T survive?!)
Also: Can the experts tell a trepanned skull from one which has just been smashed in battle? (I suppose the edges of the area are more splintered.)|
|This man survived. That is seen with calcification around the hole in its skull. If the man had died, the break would be clear. The edges are round-offs what shows that it survived this surgical operation (with flint tools!). The fact of removing a piece of bone of skull was to be in connection with a psychosis (or violent headache ?). In the area, more than 100 pieces of skull caps were found in dolmens or caves.|
To post comments first you must Register!
Megalithic Portal eGallery, images of megaliths and prehistoric sites worldwide, free to view.