New Stone Age - was head binding used on children in ancient Orkney?

Head binding may have been used on children in Orkney to change the skull shape of some of island’s young during the Neolithic period, it has been claimed.

Dr Alison Sheridan, former long standing principal curator of prehistory at National Museums Scotland, raised the prospect of the practice during her recent Rhind lecture series for the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.

Head shaping of the young has been carried out by different cultures for different reasons through time. In pre-Columbian America, it helped make society’s elite visually distinctive.

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