Skull reveals Anglo-Saxon teen’s nose and lips were cut off 1,100 years ago

About 1,100 years ago in early medieval England, a teenage girl met a horrific end; her nose and lips were cut off with a sharp weapon, and she may have been scalped, according to a new analysis of her skull. 

No one knows why the young woman’s face was mutilated, but her injuries are consistent with punishments historically given to female offenders. If this woman’s wounds were a punishment, then she is the earliest person on record in Anglo-Saxon England to receive the brutal punishment of facial disfiguration, researchers wrote in a new study, published online yesterday (Oct. 1) in the journal Antiquity

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