Spanish Conquistador Human Skull with Broad Ax Trauma BC-199
10 ½" L x 5 ½" W x 9 ½" H 26.7L x 14.3W x 24.2H (cm)
This extraordinary trauma skull was found exposed by road equipment on a ranch in Chama, New Mexico. The skeleton was destroyed, but the skull and artifact remained in place and intact. The ax head is consistent with material culture of 16-17th century Spain. Association indicates that this burial site was not an intentional Christian burial, but rather a chance preservation in a remote area. Cranial traits are consistent with European heritage. 2-part skull (separate cranium & jaw).