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Newborn twins from prehistoric mainland Southeast Asia: birth, death and personhood

  • Siân Halcrow (a1), Nancy Tayles (a1), Raelene Inglis (a2) and Charles Higham (a3)
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Double infant burials in unusually high numbers occurred at Khok Phanom Di during a phase associated with immigration and some evidence of early agricultural practices. A study of their stratigraphic context and relative ages led to the interpretation that these were twins. Through an exploration of the medical and anthropological literature of twins, and in conjunction with their mortuary context, the authors conclude that these babies died of natural causes at, or soon after, birth.

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