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4,800-Year-Old Remains Of Woman Holding Infant Child Unearthed In Taiwan

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Josh Davis

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clockApr 29 2016, 09:11 UTC
46 4,800-Year-Old Remains Of Woman Holding Infant Child Unearthed In Taiwan
The remains were found alongside those of over 40 others. Still from video via Fairfax Media

Loving someone till the end of time has taken on a new meaning with a recent discovery in central Taiwan. During an archaeological excavation in which the remains of around 48 individuals were unearthed, the researchers found something incredibly striking: The discovery of what appears to be the fossilized remains of a woman still holding an infant child in her arms.

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“When it was unearthed, all of the archaeologists and staff members were shocked,” Chu Whei-lee, a curator in the Anthropology Department at Taiwan's National Museum of Natural Science, told Reuters. “Why? Because the mother was looking down at the baby in her hands.”

After using carbon dating, the archaeologists think the remains are around 4,800 years old, which would make them the earliest evidence of humans discovered to date in the Taichung area of central Taiwan. The site of the burials was originally excavated in 2014 and took one year to completely uncover.

 

 


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