By Mary E. Lewis
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2001). In the Mesolithic, infant burials have been located within communal cemeteries, with children’s graves at Vedbaek, Denmark associated with red ochre and animal bones, and one infant in particular being laid under a swan’s wing, with a broken flint blade (Thorpe, 1996). The small number of child burials in many of these periods suggests that the vast majority may have been deposited elsewhere (Scott, 1999). The distinct absence of children under 1 year of age at Mokrin in former Yugoslavia indicates that they were purposefully excluded and not yet considered part of the community 32 Fragile bones and shallow graves (Rega, 1997).
They suggested that the maximum width and sagittal length were of the greatest value when distinguishing between an early or late fetus, and the maximum width and maximum length were more accurate when identifying early or late infant material (Scheuer and Maclaughlin-Black, 1994). Tocheri and Molto (2002) showed age assessments based on the pars basilaris and those attained for femoral diaphyseal length and dental development agreed in 87% of cases in a sample from Dakhleh. This bone is particularly useful in the age assessment of fetal remains because its compact and robust structure means it is often recovered intact.
For example, the first permanent molar does not show up on a clinical radiograph until 6 months, despite being calcified prenatally (Huda and Bowman, 1995). On a radiograph of dry bone, teeth may rotate in the socket and obscure the true developmental stage of the tooth. Similarly, fragile mineralised material, for instance the cleft at the start of root development, may be damaged post-mortem resulting in a lower score for the macroscopic assessment. One way to combat the errors in interpreting chronological from biological age, and underestimates that may be introduced by damaged teeth and visualisation on radiograph, is to examine microscopic features.