Is there evidence for artificial cranial deformation at the Willandra Lakes?

01st December 2011

DurbandSR_AA73 Figure2

Lateral view of cranium of WLH 67 from the Willandra Lakes in 2010 (published in Australian Archaeology 73:63).

Arthur C. Durband

Webb (1989) contends that the morphology of the WLH 67 cranium suggests that this individual had been artificially deformed. A reanalysis of this cranium shows that WLH 67 was reconstructed improperly. The unusual cranial contours of this individual result from the inaccurate reconstruction, not from any cultural practice. As this individual was the only purported example of this practice at the Willandra Lakes, there is currently no evidence to suggest that artificial deformation was practised there during the late Pleistocene or early Holocene.

Arthur C. Durband
Is there evidence for artificial cranial deformation at the Willandra Lakes?
2011
73
62-64
Short Report
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