The site of the ancient village Poggio Civitate in Italy, where archaeologists have uncovered scattered baby bones.
The bucolic site was occupied for centuries, but the bones were found scattered on the floor of 7th-century B.C. structures in the village.
The humerus, or arm bone, of a baby around newborn age found discarded with rubbish in Poggio Civitate.
The ilium, a portion of the pelvis, of a near-newborn-age infant in Poggio Civitate, found among discarded animal bones in a 7th-century workshop at Poggio Civitate.
Poggio Civitate Workshop
The workshop floor where most of the bones were found, as seen under excavation today.
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Stephanie Pappas is a contributing writer for Live Science, covering topics ranging from geoscience to archaeology to the human brain and behavior. She was previously a senior writer for Live Science but is now a freelancer based in Denver, Colorado, and regularly contributes to Scientific American and The Monitor, the monthly magazine of the American Psychological Association. Stephanie received a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of South Carolina and a graduate certificate in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz.