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The tomb of the two children of Grimaldi on display at the French National Museum of Archeology at Saint Germain. This is an 11,000 year old grave containing the bodies of 2 children (mutated with enlarged and elongated bulbous heads and unusually thin bones). They are both at least 5 years old and their bones suggest that they had a good diet and were healthy. The teeth are more developed than is normal for children of this age and in very good condition - surprising for the paleolithic period. Damage to the vertebrae of one of the children suggests that they were both violently killed (but not ritualistically - rather an attack by a projectile). The source of the skull and bone deformities is unknown. Alongside the skeletons, hundreds of tiny pierced shells are found. Perhaps a belt or covering made by linking the shells with fiber. The bones and tomb were carefully removed and re-constructed at the French National Museum of Anthropology at St. Germain En-lay.

I imagine these two cute kids with their huge bulbous heads sitting around their paleolithic village home playing wearing their little jewelries and apparently eating quite well. Then all of a sudden someone kills them with a spear or large arrow. Perhaps the village in Italy where they lived was invaded? Did the invaders kill them because of their deformity? Regardless, they were buried with some degree of preparation and care.



details from museum:

Squelettes deux enfants decoverts ainsi couches cote a cote, le 7 juillet 1875, dans la premiere des grottes de Menton; La region abdominale est recoverte d'une ceinture ou pagne de coquillages perces apparenant tous a l'espece connue sous le nom de Nassa neritea.

On 7th July 1875 the skeletons of two children were discovered lying next to each other in the first of the Grottos at Menton. Their stomaches were covered with a belt made up of pierced shells of the variety known as Nassa Neritea.


more details from research at museum:


La sépulture des enfants de Grimaldi a été découverte dans l'une des grottes du site des Baoussé-Roussé en Ligurie (Italie) à la fin du XIXe siècle par le préhistorien E. Rivière.

Une datation C14 en spectrométrie de masse par accélérateur de particules la date de la fin du Paléolithique supérieur alors que l'Italie était occupée par les populations de chasseurs-cueilleurs de l'Epigravettien final. Comme plusieurs auteurs l'ont souligné, les tombes réunissent des vestiges intéressant à la fois la biologie et la culture. De ce double point de vue, la sépulture des enfants de Grimaldi restée inédite, constitue un document archéologique exceptionnel.

L'étude des squelettes apporte des informations sur l'anatomie, le développement et la pathologie des jeunes enfants du Paléolithique supérieur qui permettent en particulier de discuter des soins qui leur étaient prodigués et de leurs conditions de vie.

Une nouvelle analyse du traitement funéraire a pu être effectuée car la position initiale d'une partie des os et de la parure a été préservée grâce à la technique de prélèvement utilisée par E. Rivière.

Originale parce qu'elle réunit dans un même espace deux enfants de moins de cinq ans dont un est décédé à la suite d'une blessure due à un projectile, cette sépulture offre des caractéristiques qui évoquent cependant des pratiques funéraires très proches de celles mises en oeuvre par les autres groupes humains de l'Epigravettien final.

L'étude synthétique de l'ensemble des sépultures du Paléolithique supérieur italien apporte en outre des éléments de réflexion sur l'évolution du comportement des populations paléolithiques face à la mort des jeunes enfants et au-delà sur leur organisation sociale.

www.musee-archeologienationale.fr/

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