Unique graves of infants unearthed | ArchaeoFeed
Archaeologists unearthed remains of foetuses and infants that were buried in vessels used as urns at Khour Shambat in Omdurman, Sudan. The cemetery dates back 6000 years. Destroyed vessel used as an urn (by Maciej Jórdeczka) The Prehistoric graveyard and a nearby settlement cover nearly 2 hectares and were initially discovered by construction workers building a local road a couple of years ago. Polish archaeologists became involved in excavations of the site since 2012. Last season four graves containing remains of infants or foetuses were uncovered. According to Maciej Jórdeczka, who directed the excavations, the individuals were probably stillborn or died right after the birth. So far, archaeologists uncovered nearly 70 graves, of which over half dates to Neolithic, around 4500-4000 BC. The remains of the infants were placed in pottery vessels and buried with numerous grave goods. They included a necklace made of beads shaped from ostrich shell shards and bones, miniature pottery