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Cemetery findings include Bronze Age woman + twin babies


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In a quest to understand more about the Bronze Age in Central Europe, researchers analyzed remains from graves at one of the largest Middle Bronze Age cemeteries found in Central Hungary.

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The Szigetszentmiklós-Ürgehegy cemetery was first discovered during the construction of a supermarket south of Budapest more than 20 years ago. The field was full of covered urns, rather than graves, and they were dated from 1500 BC to 2150 BC.

"It is extremely difficult to find pregnant women among cremations, as bones are usually very much fragmented and the remains of fetuses are very fragile," Cavazzuti said.

The researchers were unable to tell if she had given birth to the twins, if her life was cut short ahead of giving birth or if childbirth difficulties were the cause of her death. But she and her babies had been cremated with care.

The bone weight within her urn was 50% higher than the average urn, meaning the cremated remains of the woman and her twins were carefully collected after being burned on a pyre. Her ornaments were placed in the urn after the cremation.

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This is fascinating. 

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The woman was part of the Vatya culture that existent in present-day Hungary.

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