The earliest ever "skull cult" has been discovered in Turkey, with evidence indicating people living there 11,000 years ago would deflesh and carve up human skulls shortly after death for ritual purposes. At present, these fragments represent the oldest ever evidence of a skull cult. [...]
Analysis shows the flesh was removed from the skull and that the carvings were made just after death -- the cuts were made when the bone was still elastic, but there was no sign of healing. [...]
At first the team thought they could be looking at the first attempts at skull carving, but as all the incisions were the same, they believe this cannot be the case. "Maybe it was not to show the carvings to other people," Gresky says. "Another interpretation is that these carvings were meant as a track for a cord, or to fix some decoration to it. The skull is round so if you placed a cord on it, it would slip to one side, so the carving could be to fix something in place."
The scientists now hope to find more skulls.
Don't we all.