Homo Neanderthal from Monte Circeo 1 skull replica

Replica of the skull of Homo Neanderthal Monte Circeo 1, printed on a 3d printer in full size.

A skull model for anthropological analysis. A variant of the reconstructed Neanderthal skull from San Felice Circeo, Lazio, Italy.

A skull model for anthropological analysis.

Without mandible.

Size: 23 L/16 W/14 H mm

In February 1939, in the Guattari cave on Mount Circeo near San Felice Circeo, 100 km south of Rome (Italy), geologist and archaeologist A. Blank discovered a human skull. In the central part of the cave there was a bowl-shaped structure made of stones. In the middle of this bowl, the skull lay upside down. A large trapezoidal hole has been broken out at its base. Some facial bones and part of the bones of the vault on the right side were missing. Most of the teeth are knocked out. A fragment of the lower jaw was found nearby. Analyzing these data, anthropologist S. Sergi came to the conclusion that these are traces of ritual cannibalism. The man was eaten, and the skull was buried in compliance with the ritual rite. At the eye socket, on the right temple there were traces of two severe wounds. The first, earlier, the owner of the skull survived, the second turned out to be fatal. The occipital bone was fractured, probably for the purpose of extracting the brain. Along with the skull, tools of the Mousterian type and bones of heat-loving animals were found. The geological age ranges from 50 to 60 thousand years.

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