Prehistoric babies were fed animal milk in baby bottles
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.