Discovery shows babies probably have used bottles for thousands of years

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September 27, 2019 - 5:20 PM

A selection of Late Bronze Age feeding vessels from Vienna, Oberleis, Vosendorf and Franzhausen-Kokoron, all in Austria. They date from about 1200 to 800 BC. (Katharina Rebay-Salisbury)

The vessels are small and ceramic. Some resemble tiny teapots, others look like small pipes, and a few are sculpted into whimsical animal shapes with a little spout on the backside.

When they were discovered in ancient cemeteries scattered across Europe, some archaeologists wondered if they were used to feed the sick or the elderly. But because they were often buried in graves alongside infants, most experts agreed that the vessels likely served a different purpose entirely:

Call them prehistoric baby bottles.

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