Tracing Childhood : Bioarchaeological investigations of Early Lives in Antiquity, Hardback Book


Bio-archaeological studies of children have, until recently, centred on population data-driven topics like mortality rates and growth and morbidity patterns.

This volume examines emerging issues in childhood studies, looking at historic and prehistoric contexts and framing questions about the nature and quality of children's lives.

How did they develop their social identity? Were they economic actors in early civilizations? Does their health reflect that of the larger community?Comparing and contrasting field research from a variety of sites across Europe and the Americas, the contributors to this volume demonstrate that children not only have unique experiences but also share, cross-culturally, in daily struggles.

Their lives differ significantly from those of adults due to disparate social identities and variable growth needs.

In some of the cases presented, this is the first time that child remains have been examined in any detail, making Tracing Childhood an essential resource for scholars and researchers in this growing field.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 288 pages, 32 black & white illustrations
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
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  • Category: Archaeological theory
  • ISBN: 9780813049830



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