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Pre­his­toric ba­bies were fed an­i­mal milk in baby bot­tles

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Ar­chae­ol­o­gists

have un­cov­ered the first ev­i­dence that our pre­his­toric an­ces­tors in Europe weaned their in­fants much the way we do now, us­ing spe­cialised baby bot­tles to feed them milk. “This is the first di­rect ev­i­dence for what ba­bies were eat­ing and drink­ing in pre­his­tory,” Julie Dunne, the study’s lead au­thor said. The re­search fo­cuses on three bowls found in chil­dren’s graves in Iron and Bronze Age burial grounds in Bavaria. Two came from a ceme­tery com­plex dat­ing to be­tween 800 and

450 BC, and a third from a site dat­ing be­tween 1200 and 800 BC. The bowls had nar­row spouts and in some cases were shaped to look like an­i­mals, de­tails that led ar­chae­ol­o­gists to sus­pect they were used as bot­tles to feed chil­dren.

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