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Infant Bones Found in Swept-Up Debris

Thursday, January 10, 2013

SEATTLE—The bones of infants have been found on the floor of a large seventh-century B.C. workshop and in some debris at a wealthy person’s home at Tuscany’s Poggio Civitate archaeological site. But because infant’s bones are generally not well preserved, it is difficult to know how the remains of infants were usually treated. “People have a tendency to romanticize the past, especially in a place like Tuscany. When we have direct evidence for this kind of behavior, it can be tricky to present,” said Anthony Tuck of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, at the annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America.