“From 3,000 years ago to modern times, we start seeing more child burials and these are very well studied.

“But, with nothing from the early Holocene period, we just don’t know how people of this era treated their dead children. This find will change that.”

After the child’s limbs were removed they were disposed of in a separate location.

But according to Dr Samper Carro, this is not entirely without precedent and may have been part of a religious or cultural practice.





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