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Remains of Ice Age child found in Alaska

The remains of an 11,500-year-old child has been found in a prehistoric home in Alaska.

“You can see that the child was laid in the pit—a fire hearth inside the house—and the fire was started on top of the child,” study co-author Joel Irish said. Charred wood from the pit allowed scientists to assign a radiocarbon date to the site.

After the cremation, the child’s hunter-gatherer clan apparently filled the 18-inch-deep (45-centimeter-deep) hearth with soil and abandoned the dwelling. No other artifacts exist above the fill line.

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Story: Brian Handwerk, National Geographic News | Photo: Ben Potter, University of Alaska Fairbanks

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