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 stigmatized in the Middle Ages.
Some key features were the fact that the child’s skeleton had short and broad skull, a flattened skull base and thin cranial bones
Archeologists are assuming that because the child was placed on its back in the tomb, in an east-west orientation with the head at the westward end (in common with all of the dead) that it was treated no differently in death than other members.
It hints that they were not stigmatized while they were alive. Other members disagree.
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