Thursday, February 17th, 2011
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Britons Drank From Human Skulls

"I think the production of the skull-cups is ritualistic. If the purpose was simply to break the skulls to extract the brain to eat it, there are much easier ways to do that. If food was the objective, the skull would be highly fragmented. But here you can really see they tried to preserve most of the skull bone; the cut marks tell us they tried to clean the skull, taking off every piece of soft tissue so that they could then modify it very precisely. They were manufacturing something."
Paleontologist Silvio Bello, on research that indicates that 14,700-year-old human skulls found in Gough's Cave in Somerset, England were used as drinking cups. This would make them the oldest such example of such craftsmanship ever discovered. And also, kind of miraculous that they were never smashed into shards and used to stab anybody, which I guess they would have called "skulling."

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Gough's Cave is situated in the Cheddar Gorge, a deep limestone canyon on the southern edge of the Mendip Hills.

And this is how your Monty Python sketches are made.

Dave Bry (#422)

Yes! The famous skeleton of "Cheddar Man!" Which could be, like, a Doritos spokesperson (a mysterious but flavorful apparition conjured by late-night potheads who say his name three times while looking into a mirror) or also a good rap MC name.

Those skulls belonged to Grande, Venti and Trenta.

BadUncle (#153)

Meantime, the world is still waiting for mass-manufactured skulldos.

kpants (#719)

Obviously they weren't hungry.

They were thirsty.

iwantyrskull (#1,706)

#skullbaiting

Dave Bry (#422)

Always!

Leon (#6,596)

For the record, my "Skulls" post of an hour ago in other realms was NOT because of this – I didn't see this till just now.

But holy crap is this song awesome. I don't listen to a lot of misfits, but when I do, I listen to Skulls.

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