The Park County, Wyo., Sheriff’s Office said Friday that a skull found in a rural home this summer probably came from the World War II era or earlier.
Somebody found the skull on June 9 while cleaning out the estate of a family member who recently died.
According to a sheriff’s office news release, the family member got the skull in a trade under the assumption that it may have come from a WWII concentration camp.
The skull is missing its lower jawbone and has a “penetrating injury” to its left temple area, the release says
After investigation, authorities turned it over to Dr. Rick Weatherman, from the University of Wyoming Anthropology Department Human Remains Repository, for a thorough examination.
Weatherman determined that the skull came from a man over the age of 60 who, based on cranial features, probably came from the area of Hungary, Romania and Turkey in Eastern Europe.
“The teeth that were remaining in the skull showed heavy wear indication both a diet with significant grit and advanced age,” the release said.
The wound came from something like a pike pole or bayonet.
The sheriff’s office is now working on “a suitable place for internment” of the skull, the release said.