Archaeologists in northern Vietnam have uncovered the ancient remains, from between 3500 and 4000 years ago, of a 25 year-old male who suffered from a disorder called Klippel-Feil syndrome. Reasearchers are amazed by the find in a region, and from a time, when only half of the population survived beyond the age of five.
Lead researcher, bio-archaeologist Marc Oxenham, from the Australian National University, believes the man must have had at least one dedicated care giver in order for him to have survived into his twenties during such harsh times.
He said: “With a lot of children dying, you wouldn’t think there’d be a great deal of sympathy around. But obviously there was. It sort of makes you wonder and think, was it totally altruistic, or was there something else going on? Did this person have some other particular ability that the community needed?”