Ancient Cemetery for Infants Discovered on Greek Island

The study of the largest ancient cemetery for infants found on Astypalea island in Greece continues, shedding light on the worship of the goddess of childbirth and the Earth mother.

The Dodecanese Ephorate of Antiquities that is carrying out the study has found that almost all the infants buried there were newborns or, at most, a few months old. There are also a few toddlers that were up to two years of age.

The bodies of the babies were placed in ceramic containers, mainly amphorae or hydrias, which were buried in shallow pits with stones on top, which indicated that there was a tomb there.

Burial of newborns and babies in such receptacles was a rather common way of burial in ancient times.

What distinguishes the infants’ cemetery of Astypalea is the huge number of tombs and its use for almost an entire millennium.

For more information: https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/03/ancient-cemetery-for-infants-discovered-on-greek-island/