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Taiwan finds 4,800-year-old remains of mother cradling baby


Archaeologists in Taiwan have found the 4,800-year-old human remains of a mother holding an infant child in her arms, museum officials said on Tuesday.

Taiwan finds 4,800-year-old remains of mother cradling baby
Archaeologists have uncovered the ancient remains of a young mother and an infant 
child locked in a 4,800-year-old embrace. The remarkable find was among 48 sets 
of remains unearthed from graves in Taiwan, including those of five children 
[Credit: Reuters]
The 48 sets of remains unearthed in graves in the Taichung area are the earliest trace of human activity found in central Taiwan. The most striking discovery among them was the skeleton of a young mother looking down at a child cradled in her arms.

Taiwan finds 4,800-year-old remains of mother cradling baby
Researchers turned to carbon dating to determine the ages of the remains, which they
 traced back to the Neolithic Age, a period within the Stone Age. Excavation began
 in May 2014 and took a year for archaeologists to complete 
[Credit: Reuters]
"When it was unearthed, all of the archaeologists and staff members were shocked. Why? Because the mother was looking down at the baby in her hands," said Chu Whei-lee, a curator in the Anthropology Department at Taiwan's National Museum of Natural Science.

The excavation of the site began in May 2014 and took a year to complete. Carbon dating was used to determine the ages of the fossils, which included five children.

Author: Fabian Hamacher | Source: Reuters [April 26, 2016]
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