Sépulture sacrificielle d'un enfant, ligoté en position très contractée dans un contenant en vannerie et placé dans une fosse lors de la construction d'un grand bâtiment sur tranchée de fondation.

Two burial sites of young children unearthed at the Hârsova tell reveal, in a very concrete and macabre way, the problem of sacrificial practices by the Gumelnita inhabitants of the tell.

A well preserved grave, discovered in 1995, contained a young child five or six years old, with a deformation of the skull and spinal column, apparently with hands and feet tied, lying curled up in a basket. From the preserved excrement found about the rectum, one can deduce that this was undoubtedly a deliberate death.

Located among the foundation trenches, along the support posts of a large building, it is extremely probable that this sacrificial burial made up some part of a particular rite of foundation in construction of the building. This hypothesis is supported by evidence at other tells.

Other anthropological studies show, in a certain number of cases, that the sacrificed children were often malformed, which raises the question of a voluntary act of eugenism.
In addition to this, what is the significance of the scattered human bones discovered among the remains of meals and various refuse in domestic waste zones ? Was it contempt for some of their dead or occasional ritual cannibalism ?