Monday, April 22, 2013

2500 Year Old Nordic Skulls Discovered at Mounds State Park at Anderson, Indiana

Ancient European Skull Types Found at Mounds State Park Henge Complex


Northern European Europid para-group of Cairo-Magnids and Nordids, all mostly tall-statured and depigmented, and cohabitant in relative intermixture. Not primarily a phylogenetic entity.

   The appearance of long headed skulls with an occipital bun in the Ohio burial mounds suggests that the Adena had a Nordic origin.

   While common among many of humankind's ancestors, primarily robust relatives rather than gracile, the protrusion is relatively rare in modern Homo sapiens.  A greater proportion of early modern Europeans had them, but prominent occipital buns even among Europeans are now relatively infrequent.


From Physical Anthropoogy Termshttp://www.theapricity.com/snpa/gloss2.htm 

NORDID (Nordic)
A group of strongly depigmented Northern European dolicho-mesocephalic leptomorphs, whose similarities are partially the result of shared origins, part of convergent evolution. There are three generally recognized Nordid types: the classic Hallstatt Nordid, the northwestern European Keltic Nordid, and the eastern European East-Nordid. For some brief speculation on the topic of Nordid origins, please read the introduction to The Nordish Gallery.







Adena skull from the Ohio Valley burial mound with an occipital bun.



Lima Daily News, (Lima Ohio) July 27, 1892
May Buy The Mounds
Congress To Purchase Prehistoric Works
(Anderson, Indiana., Letter)
Dora Biddle of Anderson a collector of antiques has a skull, and another is on exhibition here, which has been severed just above the ears, in such a manner as to remove the crown of the head and lay the brain bare. These skulls were found with others under conditions, which would indicate that they were those of the mound builders. They are very large, showmarked intellectually, and unlike skulls of the present day, or ofthe Indians, have a fifth skull bone in the back of the head.




On the left is a skull from an Adena mound in Ohio. From "The Adena", Webb and Snow 1988.  On the left is a Corded Ware or Beaker People skull from northern Europe, both of which have an occipital bun .