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NEWS: Cemetery reveals baby-making season in ancient Egypt

Here, the burial of a child found in an 1,800-year-old cemetery at the Dakhleh Oasis in Egypt (Source: LiveScience).

Here, the burial of a child found in an 1,800-year-old cemetery at the Dakhleh Oasis in Egypt (Source: LiveScience).

“The peak period for baby-making sex in ancient Egypt was in July and August, when the weather was at its hottest.

Researchers made this discovery at a cemetery in the Dakhleh Oasis in Egypt whose burials date back around 1,800 years. The oasis is located about 450 miles (720 kilometers) southwest of Cairo. The people buried in the cemetery lived in the ancient town of Kellis, with a population of at least several thousand. These people lived at a time when the Roman Empire controlled Egypt, when Christianity was spreading but also when traditional Egyptian religious beliefs were still strong.

So far, researchers have uncovered 765 graves, including the remains of 124 individuals that date to between 18 weeks and 45 weeks after conception. The excellent preservation let researchers date the age of the remains at death. The researchers could also pinpoint month of death, as the graves were oriented toward the rising sun, something that changes predictably throughout the year” – via LiveScience.

Read more here.

Fascinating – it always amazes me how much can be revealed about daily life from the archaeology!

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