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  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Adventures Unlimited Press (February 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935487760
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935487760
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #652,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David is the author of over 20 books and appears regularly on television shows such as Ancient Aliens. He is an acknowledged authority on strange archeology.

Brien was born in Canada and has lived all over the world. He has a degree in anthropology and currently lives in Peru.

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The author shows that these sculls are found all over the Earth.
Ronald A. Bracale
This is certainly an interesting book and the authors have excelled in bringing as much known data together as possible.
Dr Trevor J Hawkeswood
I read a lot on this subject and have quite a collection of books on the topic.
Stephen Rice

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By marypinchotmeyer on May 26, 2012
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The authors have done an excellent job in being the first to address this fascinating topic in a book accessible to the public. They investigate these large and deformed skulls found in many areas and cultures around the world, going as far back as Neanderthal practices. Some of these skulls were obviously formed by binding, but why do it? Other skulls are so enormous, the brain pan being nearly twice the size of modern humans, that something else must be the cause. Some skulls even have elements that are not found in human skulls, for example, a different number of plates. Perhaps they came from a different species of human? The authors speculate on several possibilities. It is hard to believe that DNA tests have not been conducted (or perhaps not released). It is also a concern that many of these skulls have been and are being removed from public displays and accessibility for researchers. Something very important is going on here and should be openly studied. The book contains many helpful illustrations and photographs and is a good read.
UPDATE: February 2014 - Recent DNA analysis has shown that DNA from these skulls is unlike anything yet discovered and may not be human, as we know it. These skulls may turn out to be one of the most important discoveries ever made.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Robert Steven Thomas TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 2, 2013
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Ancient cranial deformation has been an area of legitimate research that Establishment scientists, historians and academia have swept out of sight, under the rug of knowledge and ignored, for far too long. Enter Brien Foerster. The author's research and this book is the first to be published on a fascinating subject and conundrum ... The "mainstream" Establishment view has, for over two-hundred years, insisted that most of the indigenous cultures around the globe evolved in isolation. They unobjectively maintain this head-in-the-sand position in the face of glaring evidence to the contrary. Fortunately, a growing number of modern scholars are beginning to wake-up, recognize and accept that there are way too many legitimate anomalies in the archeological and human record for this outdated version of history to be correct. Cranial deformation is just one of the anomalies. Mr Foerster has traveled the globe to ferret out evidence that has been hidden away in museum basements by academia for many decades. What is the Establishment afraid of? This is a rhetorical question of course, because it is patently obvious that the mainstream are terrified at what Carbon-14 and DNA testing on many of these skulls will reveal. Now that the author has single-handedly knocked down a major section of the wall of secrecy surrounding this formerly taboo subject, the time has come for a wider range of open-minded individuals to walk over the rubble of the former wall and have a hard look at what is inside. The evidence and many photos are compelling. If you are truly interested in the correct version of human history, this book must be in your library. RS Thomas, author: Intelligent Intervention.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Dave on April 30, 2012
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This book describes findings that contradict current academic group-think. Childress and Foerster open minds to other possibilities in human history that should be explored. And no, head binding will not be the cause of the skull shapes. Binding does not increase cranial volume nor does it change the fundamental number of growth plates. Foerster has a series of publications that should be read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By DAVID ALLEN on September 27, 2012
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This book explores the mystery of cranial deformation as the title implies. I found much new information about this small subject and the book delves into the larger questions about the cultures where these skulls are found. Unfortunately, the enigma remains just that. In other words, questions arise, but there are few explanations. Mostly because nobody has explanations, and the subject is mostly ignored I would say. The book is written in the David Hatcher Childress style, which is to offer different opinions and to relate the facts as they are known. No wild theories are promoted. I found the book interesting reading, virtually no boring sections. My only criticism is that with the multitude of pictures compared to the text, that this is a minor subject expanded to fill a whole book. Still, I don't know of anywhere else to find all this info in one place, so I would have to say I liked it, it was educational.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tartarus on June 27, 2012
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The tradition of cranial deformation- the practice of shaping the skull into an unusual shape (normally done by binding the skull of an infant)- is a topic one hears about every now and then in books on historical topics. However, it is not often it is discussed in any great detail. Thus it is good to see that David Hatcher Childress, author of numerous books on ancient mysteries and "alternative science", has made an entire book on the subject, coauthored with one Brian Foerster.

The book tells of unusual skulls, especially elongated "conehead" skulls, from around the world. It tells of Mesoamerica's fascinating Olmec culture and their practices of cranial deformation, of the strange "conehead" skulls of Paracas in Peru, of elongated heads in ancient Egyptian royalty, of head binding in the Mangbetu tribe of the Congo, of the long-headed "serpent priests" of Malta, of head binding among the Huns, of cone-headed and M-headed Immortals in Chinese legend, of cranial deformation across the Pacific, and of beings in Middle Eastern mythology with the "visages of vipers".

While it is clear that many cases of strange skulls can be attributed to practices such as head binding infants (which still occurs to some small extent today), there is some fascinating evidence that there may also have existed people who's heads were naturally of a shape different to that of your average Homo sapiens sapiens. Some of the Paracas skulls, for instance, lacked the bump one gets from standard head binding techniques, had only two major cranial plates (instead of the normal eight), and had two small holes at the back that might have been foramen for blood and nerve flow.
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Brien Foerster was raised on the west coast of Canada, where he developed a fascination,early on, of the Native people, their art, and oral traditions. This led to his becoming a professional sculptor, after graduating with an honours BSc degree from the University Of Victoria.

Several totem poles, wooden canoes, masks and other works now grace private collections around the world.

At the age of 35 he moved to Maui, Hawaii, and assisted, as deputy project manager, in the construction of a 62 foot long traditional sailing catamaran. After this he returned to Canada and his art.

Four years ago he made his first trip to Peru. Falling in love with its rich Native traditions, and a Peruvian resident, caused him to want to write about what he was learning. The effort has resulted in this book, so far.

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