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2,400-year-old baby bottle found in Italy

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A terracotta pig, believed to be a baby bottle, has been found in a rock-cut tomb in Italy’s Puglia region.

Known as guttus, the unique vessel dates back about 2,400 years, when the “heel” of Italy was inhabited by the Messapian people, a tribal group who migrated from Illyria (a region in the western part of the Balkan peninsula) around 1000 B.C.

Featuring pointy ears and human-like eyes, the pig-shaped guttus featured terracotta rattles in its tummy to apparently encourage the baby to sleep after the meal.

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Story: Rossella Lorenzi, Discovery News | Photo: Archaeological Superintendency of Puglia

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