Ancient Skulls

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These ancient skulls are glimpses into the evolution of our species and the species of our fellow mammals. Often broken and weathered these relics tell us stories from times past and it’s this idea that inspires photographer Kenneth Garrett.

Kenneth does not only photograph skulls but most things to do with ancient cultures, things from our past “that tell us who we are today”. His photographic passion has taken him on journeys for National Geographic and even into exhibitions hosted at the Smithsonian Institution.

Smashed Human Skull

Smashed Human Skull

This smashed human skull is said to be the horrifying result of a mace to the face. Anthropologists believe that the man who received this shattering blow did indeed survive as there is evidence of medical intervention in what can only be called medieval brain surgery.

This was deduced from the fact that the bone edges had been smoothed and the bone appears to have begun healing and stitch together (don’t you think the left eye looks like an eye closed..creepy). Below is an image of a Byzantine Mace, the proposed culprit. (image from Ashoka Arts)bronze-spiked-mace-3-4726

 

Article originally found on Daily Mail

Straight up Sexy Skulls

Random Flickr find has unveiled these sexy skulls photgraphed by Christina Chirtes. The image of the broken skull would make a great large scale painting or print. Be sure to check out the rest of her Flickr photos, there may not be more skulls but there are loads of great images (especially loving the dead flowers).

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Ryan Mathew Cohn’s Exploded Skulls and Skull Jewelery

Ryan Mathew Cohn is a man with an obsessive passion for skulls and his bio clearly outlines his passion and makes me want to learn more about our beloved calcium friend. I stumbled upon his work while looking for more info on skull anatomy as I think it’s about time I learned all the sections. Ryan’s fascination of skulls lead him down a path of discovery leading him to the works of Claude Beauchene, an 18th Century French anatomist that created ‘exploded’ skulls.

This discovery combined with Ryan’s talent as a custom jeweler has enabled him revivify this antiquated art form. Below are some of his amazing works but be sure to also check out his website as amongst other things there is a video playing in the background with a camera view rotating around some of his creations. As you can see they are incredible.

His Tumblr account is well worth checking out as it has loads of skulls and other creepy shit like shrunken heads. Ryan’s collection is truly amazing.

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