Frontal bone of a 3-7-year-old child from early Medieval France shows a penetrating wound.
(Image used with permission of Sarah Timmins.)
Within the Michelet cemetery in Lisieux, France, archaeologists discovered over 100 children and nearly 1,000 adults dating to the late Roman to early Medieval periods. Three of those children, all between the ages of 2 and 7, had severe head injuries that almost certainly killed them. Archaeologists studied the remains in order to figure out whether these were accidental injuries, purposeful attacks, or child abuse.
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