A team of archaeologists has uncovered forty graves of children under five at the foot of the Roman city wall, reports France Bleu.
It is an astonishing discovery made by archaeologists in Nîmes. A team from the Inrap (National Institute of Preventive Archaeological Research) has uncovered forty or so millennial graves of children on Montaury Hill, at the foot of the Roman city wall, reports Thursday France Bleu . These tombs of children under five date from the 1st and 2nd centuries AD , says the radio.
Few details have been provided on the reason for the presence of these tombs at the foot of the Roman rampart. But archaeologists are convinced that these excavations and this discovery will help to better understand how young children were considered and treated by society at that time. “We can not say whether they are children of slaves, freedmen or free men, or even the elite,” said France Bleu Richard Pellet, archaeologist of Inrap in charge of these excavations Nîmes. “In fact, it tells us especially the status of the child in Roman society. ”
Other excavations needed
These graves were not put there by chance, suggests the researcher. They have several architectural features that make them particularly visible, including three towers with different shapes: octagonal, round and barlongue. They are also raised nearly six meters and were dug at the foot of a very well preserved piece of the Roman wall of Nîmes , 300 meters long. The city of Gard is currently reflecting on how the site could be preserved and exposed to the public. According to France Bleu, a dozen or even twenty tombs are still to be searched. A new work campaign should be done soon in the summer of 2019.