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  • Carthaginians sacrificed own children, archaeologists say

    01/23/2014 5:51:08 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 88 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | Wednesday, January 22, 2014 | Maev Kennedy for The Guardian
    Just as ancient Greek and Roman propagandists insisted, the Carthaginians did kill their own infant children, burying them with sacrificed animals and ritual inscriptions in special cemeteries to give thanks for favours from the gods, according to a new study. “This is something dismissed as black propaganda because in modern times people just didn’t want to believe it,” said Josephine Quinn, a lecturer in ancient history at Oxford, who is behind the study, with international colleagues, of one of the most bitterly debated questions in classical archaeology. “But when you pull together all the evidence – archaeological, epigraphic and literary...
  • Ancient Baby Graveyard Not for Child Sacrifice, Scientists Say

    09/20/2012 1:09:45 PM PDT · by Renfield · 25 replies
    Live Science ^ | 9-19-2012 | Tia Ghose
    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....