By Mary E. Lewis

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E. overlying the sacrum between the ischium and pubic symphyses), would be evidence of this link. Some of the earliest potential evidence for death during childbirth was presented by Smith and Wood-Jones (1910), who reported two cases of Egyptian females with deformed pelvises, perhaps as the result of rickets, and fetal heads in the pelvic cavities. The careful excavation of such neonatal remains is essential to establish whether the child was placed within the grave after birth, was contained within the pelvic cavity (in utero) or had been expelled during decomposition (Smith, 1955:25).

Smith and Avishai (2005) have advocated the use of the neonatal line as a marker from which subsequent enamel layers can be used to provide a more exact age at death than those provided by diaphyseal length or crown development. They warn that observer experience, decomposition of partially mineralised enamel and variations in the plane of the thin section can affect the accuracy of the technique. 2 Skeletal estimates of fetal age When the dentition is unavailable, estimates of age on non-adult remains rely on the development, growth and maturation of the skeleton.

As each case is unique, it is impossible to make broad assumptions about the sequence of events during body decomposition. Taphonomic processes on nonadult remains have not been fully documented in forensic archaeology due to the rarity of cases. However, a child’s body can become skeletonised in just 6 days compared to several weeks for adult remains. Children’s bodies become disarticulated more easily and are more susceptible to scavenging and dispersal as their small size makes it easier for animals to move them around (Morton and Lord, 2002).

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