Earliest burial of twin babies discovered in Austria

According to archaeologists, the burial is more than 30, 000 years old, which corresponds to the Upper Paleolithic or Stone Age. As a result of the research, the approximate age of the buried twins was established - one of them died shortly after birth, and the other about seven weeks later. One and a half meters away from them was buried another baby - most likely, their cousin.

This is a 15-year-old find at an archaeological site in Krems-Wachtberg (Austria) on the banks of the Danube. An important detail of the burial - the deceased were covered with a natural pigment - red ocher, which archaeologists often found in other burial grounds around the world.

Since 2013, the find has been in the Natural History Museum in Vienna. However, scientists still have a lot to find out - in particular, to establish the connection between babies, their gender and their age at the time of death. To clarify these details, an analysis of ancient DNA will be performed.

It is not yet known to science how often twins were born during the Upper Paleolithic. In our time, there is one birth of twins in 85 "single" births. In this case, twins are born in one case out of 250.

The exact cause of death of the babies and their alleged cousin is still unknown. Probably, their fellow tribesmen, who were engaged in hunting and gathering, endured this very painfully, as evidenced by the nature of the burial.