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Images: Abandoned Baby Bones in Ancient Tuscany

Poggio Civitate

Poggio Civitate in Tuscany

(Image credit: Anthony Tuck)

The site of the ancient village Poggio Civitate in Italy, where archaeologists have uncovered scattered baby bones.

Poggio Civitate

Poggio Civitate in Tuscany

(Image credit: Anthony Tuck)

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.

Infant Humerus

Baby arm bone

(Image credit: Anthony Tuck)

The humerus, or arm bone, of a baby around newborn age found discarded with rubbish in Poggio Civitate.

Baby Ilium

Baby pelvis

(Image credit: Anthony Tuck)

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

Poggio Civitate workshop

(Image credit: Anthony Tuck)

The workshop floor where most of the bones were found, as seen under excavation today.