Aboriginal Trephination: Case from Southern New England?

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Science  13 Nov 1970:
Vol. 170, Issue 3959, pp. 732-734
DOI: 10.1126/science.170.3959.732


The skull of a young adult male Amerind from a grave at a coastal site in southern Connecticut bears a largely cicatrized elliptical anomaly near bregma. Some evidence suggests deliberate antemortem trephination of the scraping type. The specimen is of interest since perhaps fewer than twenty human skulls have been advanced as putative cases of trephining by North American aborigines.

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