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4,500-year-old rattles found in infant burial

A 4,500-year-old infant burial unearthed in Russia has been found, containing rattling toys that may have been used to ward off evil spirits.

The intricately carved figurines were likely made from deer antlers and have traces of red paint on them. “Some of [the figurines] have internal cavities and, upon coming in contact with each other, could produce noisy sounds like modern rattles,” wrote Polyakov, of the Institute for the History of Material Culture in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and Esin, of the Khakassian Research Institute of Language, Literature and History.

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Story: Owen Jarus, LiveScience | Photo: Yury Esin

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