TWO trepanned medieval skulls, whose owners had holes drilled through their heads probably while they were still alive, have been unearthed in Spain.
The 13th and 14th century skulls were found in a medieval cemetery in Soria, in Castile and Leon.
Trepanation was a prehistoric surgical technique used to treat migraines, to remove debris from skull fractures or to free the individual from evil spirits.
It involved scraping or drilling a hole through the head with a sharp object – often while the patient was still alive.
Particularly surprising is that one of the skulls found is from a female, aged between 45 and 50.
“In Spain, only 10 per cent of those trepanned skulls found belonged to women,” said an expert.