Stone Age babies

In 2005 a team from the Austrian Academy of Sciences discovered this grave containing the remains of two babies covered in red chalk and decorated with a pearl necklace. The bodies had been placed under the shoulder blade of a woolly mammoth for protection. At the time the grave was removed from the ground as a single unit. Researchers from the NHM Vienna are currently excavating this find, which is the oldest grave ever found containing early homo sapiens babies. Each meticulous step in the process is being documented in high definition 3D. The aim of the excavation project, which is scheduled to take several months, is to learn more about how the babies in the grave, and our Early Stone Age ancestors, lived and died.

© NHM Wien, Kurt Kracher