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Skulls are trepanned, evidently in order to remove the brain (Figure 9: D).
This narrative and catalog of the findings (including a trepanned human cranial disc and a variety of sophisticated tools and examples of pottery) includes photographs and drawings done at the time of excavation.
These can be viewed as manifestations of an obsession, which may be partially true; however, Cendrars's experience with First World War soldiers who had been trepanned or crippled (by gas, mines, and bombs) and his own lost limb allows him latitude in this area.
He becomes one of those `unhappy innocents who were kidnapped or trepanned (as the word went) for private interest or vengeance' (p.