And that’s not all. Her burial has left scholars amazed; the child was, in fact, wrapped in a shroud including seashell jewelry. More precisely, her bones (only a few survived the millennia) were found surrounded by more than 60 beads made of pierced seashells; four pendants, also made from pierced fragments of bivalves; and an eagle-owl talon.
Someone went to great lengths to bury this child with all due care.
The first traces of this discovery date back to 2017, but only in recent days have scholars documented this sensational find. It leaves us a testimony not only of the thoughtfulness with which Mesolithic man treated the dead, but also of the dignity of personhood that was given to newborns.
Stefano Benazzi, professor at the Department of Cultural Heritage at the University of Bologna and one of the leading researchers involved, explains to Italian news outlet Il Secolo XIX:
This discovery allows us to investigate an exceptional funerary rite from the early Mesolithic phase, an era of which few burials are known, and testifies to how all members of the community, even newborns, were recognized as full persons and apparently enjoyed egalitarian treatment.