New skull cult identified at Göbekli Tepe
Three carved skull fragments uncovered at Göbekli Tepe feature modifications not seen before among human remains of the time, researchers say. Thus, these modified skull fragments could point to a new ‘skull cult’ - or ritual group - from the Neolithic period.
Each skull had intentional deep incisions along its sagittal axes and one of those skulls also displayed a drilled hole in the left parietal bone, as well as red ochre remnants.
By using different microscopic techniques to analyse the fragments, it was verified that the carvings were executed using lithic tools, thus ruling out natural causes, like animal gnawing.
The site of Göbekli Tepe