Thursday, 30 May 2013

Earliest Record of Child Abuse Investigated

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"The first record case of child abuse in history is believed to have been uncovered in Egypt.

Archaeologists say the 2-3 year old child, known only as 'burial 159', shows signs of having repeatedly had her bones broken, and being shaken repeatedly.

The find is believed to be the oldest record of child abuse - and experts say it may stem from an Egyptian belief that children had to be 'toughened up' as they grow.

The 2- to 3-year-old, who lived around 2,000 years ago is the first recorded case of child abuse in history, the team say.The gruesome discovery was made by researchers excavating a cemetery in Dakhleh Oasis, Egypt, which has seen continuous human occupation since the Neolithic period.
    The team found evidence of major fractures as they brushed dirt of the skeleton.
    'She thought, 'Whoa, this was weird,' and then she found another fracture on the collarbone,' said Sandra Wheeler, a bioarchaeologist at the University of Central Florida who led the team, told LiveScience.

    'We have some other kids that show evidence of skeletal trauma, but this is the only one that had these really extreme fracture patterns.'

    The researchers carried out  series of tests on the child, known as Burial 519, and found chemical markers left when the body tries to repair itself and a number of bone fractures throughout the body, on including the forearm, ribs, pelvis and back.

    The team say the fractures were all in different stages of healing, which they claim further signifies repeated nonaccidental breakages." - Mail Online

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