It wasn’t easy to pick only 30 favorite skulls from all the submissions we received in response to our question, “WHOSE SKULL WOULD YOU DIG?” There were so many terrific responses! Click below to read our favorite picks.
“Cranioklepty is a revelatory book for those who think of head-hunting as an activity pursued only by non-European cultures. This story of European head-hunting and its relationship to modern science is a fascinating read with an all-star cast that includes Mozart, Beethoven, and Haydn. The admonition to ‘Keep your head on’ has never sounded so bittersweet!” — Dr. Robert Hicks, Director of the Mütter Museum
Beginning dramatically with the opening of Haydn’s grave in October 1820, Colin Dickey’s CRANIOKLEPTY: Grave Robbing and the Search for Genius (Unbridled Books, September 2009) is a fascinating and authoritative history of ideas carried along on the guilty pleasures of real-after-life gothic tales.