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Earliest probable case of Down syndrome

Earliest probable case of Down syndrome

The earliest probable case of Down syndrome in the archaeological record comes from a 5- to 7-year-old child who lived in medieval France some 1,500 years ago. Archaeologists originally discovered the skeleton of the child in 1989, when they excavated it along with 93 other skeletons from a fifth- to sixth-century necropolis located just south of the Abbey of Saint-Jean-des-Vignes in northeastern France. The child was likely not to have been stigmatized in life, given that the body was treated in a similar way to others buried at the site.