Nothing says “Those sure look like they could be from aliens” like elongated skulls, those convoluted craniums that remind people of their favorite episodes of classic sci-fi series or alien comedy sketches. That explains the excitement surrounding the discovery of a full skeleton with an elongated skull at Arkaim, better known as Russia's Stonehenge.
Arkaim is near Chelyabinsk in central Russia just north of the Kazakhstan border. It was discovered in 1987 when the area was about to be flooded for a reservoir. The 220,000 square foot settlement dates back to the 17th century BC – hence the Stonehenge comparisons. Although it was burned down, the layout of the settlement and two outer walls are clearly visible and lead some experts to believe it was an astronomical observatory like Stonehenge.
I know, I know … what about the elongated skull?
Researcher Maria Makurova announced the discovery to the Russian news agency TASS. She described it as “a well-preserved skeleton” of a female. The skeleton appears to be from the 2nd or 3rd century AD, most likely after the original settlement was abandoned by its first residents. Markurova speculates she was a member of the Sarmati tribe which lived at the time in what are now central Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan.
If she’s a Sarmati tribal woman, that might explain the elongated skull since they were known for head binding – the gruesome practice of deforming a child’s head by applying constant force over long periods.
That explanation will satisfy the skeptics but not those who believe that, like Stonehenge, Arkaim may have been visited and perhaps even populated at one time by grey aliens or another alien species with outsized skulls.
Alien or not, this find at Arkaim is another reason to be grateful that this archeological treasure house was not covered by water, fishing boats and jet skis.