On the difference between Persian and Egyptian skulls…..


In 525 BC at the Battle of Pelusium, near Port Said, the Persians under Cambyses II defeated the Egyptians, and went on to conquer the country. Later, in the 5th century, the Greek historian Herodotus visited the site and found the remains of the fallen still scattered across the battlefield.

In the interests of impartial investigation, he noted that if you threw a pebble at a Persian skull it would make a hole in it, while even if you struck an Egyptian skull with a rock, ‘you will scarcely break it in’. He ascribed the difference to the Egyptian practice of shaving the head from infancy, while the Persians covered theirs with folds of cloth.


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