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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

Remains of 1,500-year-old newborn found in Siberia

The partially mummified remains of an infant who died 1,500 years ago has been found in Siberia. The tragic infant's remains were unearthed in excavations near Kurai village in Kosh-Agach district of the Altai Republic in southern Siberia. The baby's remains were sealed in a tightly closed stone coffin, creating an

Ice Age infant burials found in Alaska

The remains of two infants, which date back 11,000 years, have been uncovered at an archaeological settlement in Alaska. Potter made the new find on the site of a 2010 excavation, where the cremated remains of another 3-year-old child were found. The bones of the two infants were found in a

3,000-year-old infant remains found in Ireland

The intact skeleton of a baby that dates back 3,000 years has been found on the Hill of Ward in Athboy. Describing it as "an exciting find," lead archaeologist on the site, Dr Stephen Davis, said: "We may never know what caused the death of the child. The skeleton probably dates

Infant bones found on ancient workshop floor

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

Mayan remains reveal painful end during Spanish conquest

The remains of dozens of infant Maya remains, dating back to the 16th century, have been found in Mexico that show signs of malnutrition and acute anemia. The 16th-century skeletons point to "a high infant mortality rate, probably derived from poor health and malnutrition," archaeologist Sandra Elizalde said in a statement. "Some