November 15, 2014 - Peruvian Elongated Skull Reconstruction by Traci Harrell


Team members Dick and Marilyn attended the Paradigm Symposium October 2013 and became very interested in the elongated skulls of Peru information presented by L.A. Marzulli. L. A. had also presented that he and Brien Foerster were hosting a 14 day Peruvian tour in May of 2014 to investigate the skulls.

We decided to attend the tour and we researched as much as we could about the human skull and the elongation process that many ancient and even modern peoples do today. We were lucky because Oklahoma City has an Osteology Museum which has both normal human and 6 Paracas elongated skulls. We attended a class at the museum where the skulls and various normal and abnormal attributes of both types of skulls were discussed at great detail.

During our tour this information enhanced our ability to identify sex, estimate age and understand the various falsehoods about the Paracas skulls that we had seen on the internet and various blogs. We had a great time and were able to see parts of Peru that normal tours never see (ancient cemeteries like Chongos and Camacho where skulls and bones were just laying on top of the ground).

On our return we visited Joe Taylor at the Mt. Blanco Fossil Museum in Crosbyton, TX. He was part of a research team that examined 30 elongated skulls earlier in 2014 and he has made a 3D mold of Chamacho #18, which is a woman. You can see Joe's excellent work at and several other Pervian skulls he has completed.

We have one of Joe’s Chamacho #18 skulls and asked our team member Traci Harrell, a forensic artist and skull reconstruction expert if she would take our skull and re-create what the woman would look like. After several months of hard work Traci has completed the reconstruction, and what a unbelievable job she has done.