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A deformed, intermediate, and non-deformed human skull | State Collection for Anthropology and Paleoanatomy Munich
Archaeology

Medieval Women With Artificially Deformed Skulls Migrated to Form Strategic Alliances

Over a dozen southeastern European women with deformed skulls were buried in medieval Bavarian cemeteries, and now researchers think they know why.

An artificially deformed female skull from Altenerding, an Early Medieval site in Bavaria | State Collection for Anthropology and Paleoanatomy Munich
Early-Medieval grave goods from Altenerding, Germany | Bavarian State Archaeological Collection