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Ancient Baby Graveyard Not for Child Sacrifice, Scientists Say
Live Science ^ | 9-19-2012 | Tia Ghose

Posted on 09/20/2012 1:09:45 PM PDT by Renfield

A Carthaginian burial site was not for child sacrifice but was instead a graveyard for babies and fetuses, researchers now say.

A new study of the ancient North African site offers the latest volley in a debate over the primary purpose of the graveyard, long thought to be a place of sacred sacrifice.

"It's all very great, cinematic stuff, but whether that was a constant daily activity ― I think our analysis contradicts that," said study co-author Jeffrey Schwartz of the University of Pittsburgh....

(Excerpt) Read more at livescience.com ...


TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: babies; carthage; faithandphilosophy; godsgravesglyphs; romanempire; skeletons; tophet
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To: GeronL

The Spartans looked over each newborn child and if it was unhealthy or had any birth defects, they would leave it to die. Only the healthiest and strongest were chosen to live. Just watched a two hour special on the Spartans...very interesting.


21 posted on 09/20/2012 6:14:39 PM PDT by Engedi
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To: Shadow44
You forgot cannibalism, here today, lunch tomorrow.
22 posted on 09/20/2012 6:38:20 PM PDT by Little Bill
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To: NYer; SunkenCiv

Sacrifices!
Burials!
Sacrifices!
Burials!
Sacri...

STOP! You’re BOTH right! For certs, they had to do something respectful with the victims’ remains, or the gods would have vomited up the sacrifices as unworthy.


23 posted on 09/20/2012 7:16:02 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: Renfield; SunkenCiv

The argument against infant sacrifice in the article seems long on conjecture and short on facts. They even argue the Carthaginians wouldn’t waste precious wood on infant sacrifices despite the evidence the bodies were indeed cremated.


24 posted on 09/21/2012 11:58:36 AM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: colorado tanker

I wholeheartedly agree. Those who deny infant sacrifice among the Phoenicians have some kind of agenda, and it probably has to do with the instructions from the local political authorities. Same thing happened with Egypt’s “no slavery in ancient Egypt” requirement. And that one’s clearly ridiculous — “oh, look, we found dozens of bakeries to feed the workers who built the Giza pyramids — that means they weren’t slaves.” Complete stupidity.


25 posted on 09/21/2012 3:19:39 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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26 posted on 09/22/2012 9:24:57 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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