The Elongated Skulls of Paracas [VIDEO]

The Elongated Skulls of Paracas [VIDEO]
February 6, 2012 Lainie Liberti

Ancient Aliens?

Could human beings have had larger heads at one point, and possibly greater mental abilities? The answer to this question can only be speculated on, but it is definite that some humans had larger skulls at some point. The elongated skulls of Paracas are evidence of this. These remains prove that there were those who came before us with greater skull volume who were living in what is now southern Peru. Like many mysteries of the ancients, how exactly this came about is a great enigma to present day man.

Modified or Mysterious?

Often the mystery of the elongated skulls of Paracas is written off as intentional body modification, possibly practiced for aesthetic reasons. This is impossible, however. With artificial cranial deformation, which is a practice of body alteration that cultures all over the world have practiced in the past, the skull is elongated by head flattening or head binding when it is still malleable in the first months or years of life. The elongated skulls of Paracas are not only longer, but they are also larger.

According to Brien Foerster, who has extensively researched and written on the subject, some of these skulls had a cranial volume that was as much as 2.5 times as large as the average human skull today. This means that the mysterious skulls must have been the result of genetics, not body modification.

Be sure to listen to an interview we did with Brien Foerester here:

Podcast Episode #30 – Living Ancient Cultures NOW with Brien Foerester


Discovering the Elongated Skulls of Paracas

The Paracas Peninsula was excavated by the great Peruvian archaeologist Julio Tello in the 1920s. He found a series of tombs as well as the remains of a small underground village. Today most of these graves are filled with sand blown in from the nearby ocean. It was here that Tello found dozens of these strange skulls.


He believed the people of Paracas were related to another Andean culture, the Chavin culture, which is thought to have originated more than 3000 years ago. The only problem with this assumption is that no elongated skulls have been found within the remains of the Chavin culture. What was the genetic history of the Paracas culture?

The eye sockets are larger than the average human

Worldwide Phenomena

Today about one dozen skulls can be viewed at the Paracas History Museum, which features artifacts from Inca and pre-Inca cultures. Until the elongated skulls of Paracas are more intensely researched, their origin and development will remain unexplained. Brien Foerster has taken samples from some of the skulls to try to gain more insight into their origin.

Were people really born with these massive heads?

The elongated skulls of Paracas were not the only strange skulls that have been discovered. Elongated heads were part of ancient Egyptian culture. The Olmecs of Mexico and ancient peoples of the Mediterranean and Melanesia were also thought to have these larger skulls, although they were not necessarily as large as the Paracas samples. It appears that theses other skulls were elongated artificially.

The Paracas skulls are unique. They have specific features, such as two small holes in the back of the skulls that are not present on normal human skulls. These physical features indicate that these skulls were elongated at birth. The question remains then, where did the genetic code for these skulls originate, or, are they really human skulls at all?


Our visit to the Paracas History Museum led to a wonderful conversation and explanation by Brien Forester (of the museum & of the Peru based Hidden Inca Tours Company) .



The Paracas History Museum, founded by Juan Navarro, is the only archaeological and human history museum in the immediate area. There was once a Julio Tello Museum in the Paracas Marine Reserve, but it was destroyed by an earthquake 4 years ago. This museum has the finest collection of Paracas, Nasca, Chavin, Lambayeque, Wari, Chincha and Inca artifacts on the south coast of Peru.

Beyond the fact that this museum, which is privately owned and has and asks for no government help what so ever, is a fine display of 10,000 years of human habitation in the area of Paracas, it also houses the largest collection of Elongated Human Skulls, in private hands, in the world.


10,000 Years Of Peru History In 5 Minutes



  1. Katrina 12 years ago

    When will the genetic info be available?  So curious!  😀

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      ilainie 12 years ago

      I am not sure. Follow the links to Brien’s site. He’d be the one to ask. He’s really approachable and knowledgable. He can also be found on my facebook friends list.

  2. Dave 12 years ago

    Fascinating subject matter! 

    I’ve come across this before too. Well twice. Have a look see at the Mayans around the time of King Pakal. They often used stone blocks at birth strapped to heads in order to physically elongate the heads of their elite. 

    A long forehead was a sign of increased nobility and intelligence! 

    Now zip over to India and read up on the Rat people. Ongoing cranial deformations ongoing today in order to appease the rats, and to make cash form begging etc. 

    Very interesting subject matter! And great article, keep it up and you’ll make it into the Smithsonian! 

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      ilainie 12 years ago

      Thanks Dave! I find ancient cultures so interesting. It’s driven our touring for the last 3 years. I actually can’t seem to get enough of it. We visited the Mayan sites and I studied them. The first age of Maya used to train their eyes to be permanently crossed eyes from an early age. I think it was so they could enhance their peripheral vision in order to learn how to see from their whole body, expand their consciousness and communicate telepathically like their alien mentors. I can’t wait to visit the Rat people in India and the ancients in Egypt (also with elongated heads). Love this beautiful world we call home, so interesting to explore!!

  3. Shipibospirit 12 years ago

    Many thanks for making this!

    • Author
      ilainie 12 years ago

      Thanks for participating! We are so honored!

  4. Elizabeth 12 years ago

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS!! I have been fascinated with the skulls, but didn’t know much about them. I watched one documentary on them and hadn’t seen much info since then. You are so lucky you got to go see them, as is Miro!!

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      ilainie 12 years ago

      I’m so fascinated by them too!

  5. Barbara Weibel 12 years ago

    Wow! How fascinating. Wish I’d had the time to stop in Paracas and Nazca on my recent tour of Peru, but reading your article is the next best thing.

  6. My boys and I were diggin these videos and pictures!  Thanks Lainie!

  7. Green Global Travel 12 years ago

    So cool! We would have loved to have seen this museum when we were in Peru!

    • Author
      ilainie 12 years ago

      You missed a lot when you zipped through Peru. Guess you better plan a return trip.

  8. Green Global Travel 12 years ago

    So cool! We would have loved to have seen this museum when we were in Peru!

  9. Spencer 12 years ago

    How cool! I would love to check this museum out. I reckon it would be awesome.

    • Author
      ilainie 12 years ago

      You should Spencer! It’s an incredible collection!

  10. Root Race Research 12 years ago

    Interesting article. Great topic.

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