Tuesday, 8 July 2014

New archeological discovery

Are you interested in the history of Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome might have lived long ago? This report about the recent discovery of 1500 yr old remains of a child with Down syndrome has been widely circulated online over the last few days:

Oldest case of Down's syndrome from medieval France
Colin Barras, New Scientist, 4th July 2014
The oldest confirmed case of Down's syndrome has been found: the skeleton of a child who died 1500 years ago in early medieval France. According to the archaeologists, the way the child was buried hints that Down's syndrome was not necessarily stigmatised in the Middle Ages ... read on here. (A link to the original paper is provided.)