Re: Skull binding and Neandertals

H. M. Hubey (
18 Nov 1995 12:44:52 -0500

Philip <> writes:

>Only problem is that the neanderthals dissappeared before the end of the
>last ice-age probably 10K years before mesoamerican civilization took

I am aware of the time lag.

The real question is how long customs/habits/culture persists.

We don't know that the head binding doesn't go back 100,000 years.

If you look back at the very olden days you'll see the same
patterns (at least visible to us now in stone age tools) persist
over tens of thousands of years with no change,then suddenly
something new happens and spreads. Even in relatively recent
times societies are relatively conservative i.e. traditional
societies are , well, traditional. Traditions continue because
they're traditions.


Regards, Mark