Hodgkins’ Team Published on Beads and Pendants Found with the Infant of Arma Veirana

Published: Sept. 8, 2022

Through a detailed analysis of wear on the beads and pendants, a team working with Jamie Hodgkins, Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, found evidence that they were worn well before the infant was born and passed down to her. Publishing in the Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, The Ornaments of the Arma Veirana Early Mesolithic Infant Burial, the team determined that beads were likely sewn onto a baby carrier 10,000 years ago, that was buried with the infant. Baby carriers were probably invented very long ago, but evidence for them is hard to find because the material they were made of disintegrates. These beads have provided a very unique window into past behavior and provided us with a connection to this tragic event that happened so long ago.