The 1500 year old skull of a young girl with Down Syndrome
New research by archaeologists in France have discovered what is believed to be the oldest case of Down syndrome in the archaeological
record. Archaeologists had originally discovered the skeleton of a young girl aged about 6 years old in
1989, when they excavated it along with 93 other skeletons from a 5th to 6th century cemetery located near the Abbey of
Saint-Jean-des-Vignes in northeastern France. Researchers had suspected at the time of the excavation that
the child may have had Down syndrome, but they believe they can now confirm the diagnosis.