Skulls Buried in Florida Backyard Date to 1200 AD

Investigators have no idea how Inca skulls got there

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted May 15, 2012 4:40 AM CDT

(Newser) – Police in Florida investigating two skulls found in a backyard say that while they definitely have a mystery on their hands, they're not looking for a killer. That's because investigators have determined that the skulls belong to a man and a 10-year-old boy who died in Peru as far back as some 800 years ago, ABC reports. The skulls, one of which had a scrap of mummified flesh still clinging to it, were uncovered by a workman installing a pool, who notified police.

Shards of pottery and textiles were found with the bones, along with part of a newspaper from 1978. "The mystery is how they ended up there," a medical examiner says. "We don't have any way of finding out." She speculates that the skulls may have been brought back from South America by a tourist who later buried them, or brought to the US by the migrant workers who camped in the area for decades before it was sold to developers in the mid-1980s. More research is planned, but authorities plan to eventually return the skulls to Peru.

An Inca skull covered in clay on display in Lima, Peru.
An Inca skull covered in clay on display in Lima, Peru.   (Getty Images)
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