1793: Marie Antoinette and Elongated Skulls

Normally, intentionally elongated or flattened skulls are associated with ancient Mesoamerican cultures. But this exquisite specimen, which dates back some 1,500 years, was recently found at a dig in Alsace, France.
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The Reign of Terror refers to a period during the French Revolution after the First French Republic was established in which multiple massacres and public executions occurred in response to revolutionary fervor, anti-clerical sentiment, and frivolous accusations of treason by Maximilien Robespierre and his Committee of Public Safety.

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During the Reign of Terror (June 1793 to July 1794) about 17,000 people were guillotined. Queen Marie Antoinette were executed at the guillotine in 1793.
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Marie Antoinette was guillotined at 12:15 p.m. on 16 October 1793. Her last words are recorded as, "Pardon me, sir, I did not do it on purpose", after accidentally stepping on her executioner's shoe. Her head was one of which Marie Tussaud was employed to make death masks. Her body was thrown into an unmarked grave in the Madeleine cemetery located close by in rue d'Anjou. Because its capacity was exhausted the cemetery was closed the following year, on 25 March 1794.
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Now, we can obviously follow the fashion line of this extravagant hairdo, but what if it was something other than their desire to look cool?

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The skull was discovered during excavation of a necropolis containing 18 burials. It was discovered in a tomb belonging to a woman who clearly held a high status position in society as she was buried with a rich assortment of treasures including gold pins, a silver mirror, beads of glass and amber, a comb made from deer antler and a number of other goods.
I am not directly suggesting that one of the skulls mentioned in the above article belonged to Marie Antoinette, but how would I know, right? Historical rumor says that there were a few members of the noble class executed during the Reign of Terror in France.


KD: As far as I can see we have two things projected into our brain in the reporting articles:
  • intentionally elongated skulls
  • dating back 1,500 years (dating how?)
Here is what it could probably be substituted with:
  • natural elongated skulls
  • dating back 225 years
Obviously above is my speculative opinion, for where could we get proper documentation from? At the same time the totality of circumstances we have experienced so far could probably provide for such a hypothesis.
 

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The thing is that these purposely "elongated" skulls created by keeping babies in baby racks, so to speak, made skulls flat on the back. They did not create this kind of "elongation." Many babies naturally develop mis-shapen skulls if they always lay to one side or the other all the time. You have to be sure they develop their neck muscles properly so they don't favor one side all the time. I know this from experience and pediatric consultation. There is NO WAY these kinds of elongated skulls were regular people whose parents sculpted their skulls to "mimic" the gods or whatever the mainstream bs would like us to believe.

The subject of elongated skulls and fancy hairdos came up before and someone suggested that really long hair could do that. I disagree. I have had hair nearly down to my knees and that's not how it works. You would have to have a hard sort of hat with your hair wrapped around maybe with glue or something else sticky to keep it in place which may or may not have worked or a wig over an elongated hat type thing.
 
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    I spent some time working in costuming professionally. It is really hard to get these wigs to stay in place when we have tried to recreate this look. The hairpiece ends up being very heavy and the balance the actress needs to have is extraordinary! I always wondered how they did it back then. I believe the elongated skull theory for sure. Also, wigs have a telltale hairline problem, you usually need some curls or bangs to hide the fact that the hair is not coming out of the head. In the old paintings the hair looks like it comes directly out of the head, it does not look like a wig at all. There are also a ton of strange wig and hat shapes out there in the world.
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