Archaeologists solve the mystery of 150-year-old remains of a baby with one mummified hand

Mail Online | 5/22/2018 | Cheyenne Macdonald For
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Roughly 13 years ago, archaeologists examining remains from a dig in southern Hungary stumbled upon something truly bizarre.

Inside a forgotten storage box, the team uncovered a set of human bones so tiny they may have belonged to a rat – and, with the skeleton was a single mummified hand.

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The dried up, flesh-covered forearm was stained green down to the bone, as were some of the vertebrae, a hip bone, and the leg bones, according to the NY Times.

Now, more than a decade after the remains were rediscovered, researchers may finally have solved the mystery of the mummified hand; additional artifacts held at a nearby museum indicate the baby was buried holding a copper coin.

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The remains were found with more than 500 graves discovered at a cemetery in Nyárlőrinc, Hungary, all dating back to the 12-16th centuries.

But, the burial containing the mummified hand was unlike all the others.

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The child likely measured just 11 to 13 inches and only weighed up to two pounds, indicating it was either a stillbirth or premature baby, according to János Balázs, who analyzed the bones, NY Times reports.

While the discoloration and unusual ‘quasi-natural mummification’ suggested the body came in contact with some sort...
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