PHOTOS: Ancient Mass Graves, ''Baby Bottles'' Discovered

PHOTOS: Ancient Mass Graves, ''Baby Bottles'' Discovered
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December 18, 2008--Archaeologists have uncovered thousands of graves holding the remains of 5th-century B.C. soldiers near the site of the ancient Greek colony of Himera, on the island of Sicily in Italy. (Read full story.)

Also included in the burials were arrowheads, amphorae, and infants with "baby bottles."

"[Himera] is probably the largest Greek necropolis in Sicily," said Stefano Vassallo, the lead archaeologist of the team that made the discoveries in September.

Researchers think the adult skeletons are from soldiers who died fighting the Carthaginians in a 480 B.C. battle described by Greek historian Herodotus of Halicarnassus.
—Photograph courtesy Stefano Vassallo/Archaeological Department of the Cultural Superintendence of Palermo
 
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