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Owner of Mystery Skull Used It as Ashtray

The owner of the top part of a human skull, which was found on a campsite in southwest Iceland last weekend, said it had been given to her by her son-in-law. She had thought it was from an animal and had used it as an ashtray in her trailer for years.

The skull-ashtray was lost after the trailer was destroyed in a storm on New Year’s Eve and the owner’s belongings were scattered around the campsite. The skull was found on Sunday and the police were notified, RÚV reports.

The owner, who prefers to remain anonymous, came forward as soon as the news of the mystery skull broke. She said she found the news that what she had used as an ashtray for years had actually been a human skull quite unsettling.

Apparently the skull was among objects in a cardboard box given to the owner of the trailer by her son-in-law. It came from his late grandfather who was a physician and had been removed during an autopsy.

Information on the origin of the skull is vague, but it may have come from abroad. According to Fréttabladid, police have determined the bone is from a young woman or a child who died around 30 years ago.

Police have concluded no crime was involved in this case but the investigation is ongoing.

Sigurbjörn Hjaltason, head of the local authority in Kjósarhreppur county where the skull was found, said the discovery had not upset him much. “In the old days many farms had skulls and I remember that as kids we were sometimes sent to the Saurbaejarkirkjugardur [the local graveyard] to collect [human bones] from the seaside, so this is nothing new to me,” he told Fréttabladid.

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