700-Year-Old Skull Raises Questions

July 13, 2009 at 9:12 am | Posted in News | 1 Comment

A human skull found on an Australian beach is turning into one of this year’s greatest scavenging mysteries. According to the Courier Mail, the skull — which was “found washed up on Mona Vale Beach” near Sydney “10 months ago is an astonishing 700 years old and is not of Aboriginal origin.”

The skull clearly appeared old, and “radiocarbon-dating carried out in New Zealand has determined the skull dates from around 1300 AD. During early investigations, anthropologists ruled out the possibility of it being an indigenous skull, but its age predates European arrival on the east coast by 500 years.”

So if Europeans weren’t in or near Australia circa 1300, and it isn’t Aboriginal, whose could it be? Were sailors from Asia able to reach this area? Why did the skull take seven hundred years to wash up?

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