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Dead babies, brothels, contraception and presentist history

Rosemary Joyce, professor of anthropology | June 26, 2010

“Are dead babies good evidence for a Roman brothel?” That’s the question raised by a BBC story about analyses of materials from an almost century-old excavation at a Roman villa in the Thames Valley. The data: remains of 97 infants, all of whom died close to birth. To the researchers, the coincidence suggests deliberate killing … Continue reading »