Infant bones found on ancient workshop floor

Published on January 22nd, 2013 | by Sevaan Franks

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Archaeologists working at Poggio Civitate, an ancient settlement near Tuscany, Italy, have found the bones of babies scattered on the floor of a workshop that dates back to the 7th century B.C.

The bones “were either simply left on the floor of the workshop or ended up in an area with a concentration of discarded, butchered animals,” said Anthony Tuck, an archaeologist at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, who presented an analysis of the bones [Jan. 4] at the annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America.

The discovery of the discarded infant bones in an area used for work could suggest that the people who labored in the workshop had little social status, Tuck said. They may have been slaves or servants whose lost infants would garner little sympathy from the community at large.

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Story: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience | Photo: Anthony Tuck

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