Bronze Age skull from Jericho, Palestine

Made:
2200-2000 BCE in Jericho

Excavated bronze age skull showing 4 healed trephinings, from Jericho, 2200-2000BC

Excavated bronze age skull showing four healed trepanning holes, from Jericho, Palestine, 2200-2000BC. Trepanning is the ancient practice of cutting holes in the skull, probably originally intended to release evil spirits or demons.

Details

Category:
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A634844
Measurements:
Mandible: 72 mm x 130 mm x 110 mm,
Rest of skull: 173 mm x 139 mm x 202 mm,
type:
skull
taxonomy:
  • animal remains
credit:
Wellcome Trust