In the ruins of Teotihuacan near modern-day Mexico City, Archaeologists found the skeleton of woman with extreme body modifications, including pyrite encrusted teeth, an elongated skull possibly performed at birth, and a fake lower tooth made of the mineral, serpentine, which stands out for its green-blue hue. This isn’t the first elongated skull to be found; a number of ancient cultures performed this on infants for social status. However, this woman's remains are the most extremely modified skeleton to ever have been excavated and shows that she may have belonged to the upper rung of society in her day. This skeleton has been named "The woman from Teotihuacan," even though evidence suggests that she may have been a foreigner in this area.
This has been an exciting time in archaeology, and other modified remains have been found, including those of a 2,500-year-old Native American. These remains were found in 2009 with gems embedded into teeth. In this case, these decorated teeth were worn for aesthetic reasons and probably do not reflect social status.
It is not completely understood how these modifications were performed, but it does seem that some sophistication was involved and that there may be an ancient form of anesthetic used in the form of an herb.
Beyond these amazing remains found in Mexico, other archaeologists from around the world have unearthed exciting findings. Australian researchers found a "hobbit" skeleton in Indonesian that is thought to be 700,000 years old, and in China, a skull bone believed to have belonged to the Buddha was found in a 1,000-year-old shrine.
It will certainly be exciting to see what archaeologists unearth next!