The work of mystics or ordinary doctors. What's Wrong with 2,300-Year-Old Skull Found in Turkey

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The work of mystics or ordinary doctors. What is wrong with the 2300-year-old skull found in Turkey

The man is believed to have undergone a trepanation, a unique brain surgery, in the past.

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Archaeologists have discovered a valuable artifact in Turkey's eastern province of Van. A skull about 3200 years old fell into their hands.

However, the find turned out to be much more interesting, because the researchers saw a special hole in the found skull, Arkeonews writes.

Scientists suggest that a special procedure called trepanation was performed on this skull. It is one of the oldest surgical operations in the world. During it, a hole is supposed to be drilled in the skull.

In prehistoric times, on the territory of Turkey in Anatolia, there was a transition for the first human settlements since the Neolithic period. People left their knowledge, beliefs and sacraments here. Until now, scientists are trying to unravel the age heritage.

Today it is known that the oldest trepanation in a living person was performed in Ashikli Hoyuk. Therefore, the most ancient trepanned skull belonged to a Neolithic man. Many times this procedure was performed after the death of patients. The first surgical operation was performed in general in the Paleolithic era in Israel. At the same time, traces of trepanation were found in Europe, Africa, America and China.

The work of mystics or ordinary doctors. What is wrong with 2300 years skull found in Turkey

The work of mystics or ordinary doctors. What is wrong with the 2300-year-old skull found in Turkey

New the find was discovered during excavations in the Chatak region in Van. A necropolis of the early Iron Age was explored there. The work was supervised by representatives of the Van Museum. Excavations began in 2016. It is especially valuable for understanding the evolution of surgical operations.

Craniotomy is used even today. True, we know it under a different name – craniotomy. It is used to treat subdural hematomas. This operation is used quite rarely and only in emergency situations after traumatic brain injury. The operation helps to reduce the pressure. Sometimes, tumors are also removed in this way.

Unlike in ancient times, today surgeons almost always replace the removed piece of the skull after surgery.