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Tracing Childhood: Bioarchaeological Investigations of Early Lives in Antiquity

Jennifer L. Thompson, Marta P. Alfonso-Durruty, and John J. Crandall


This edited volume showcases the work of leading and emerging scholars in the relatively new field of bioarchaeology of children. Bioarchaeological studies of children (including all subadults), until recently, have mainly focused on topics like mortality rates, growth, morbidity, and weaning ages. However, children are more than simply demographic variables and indicators of growth and health patterns. This volume intends to redress this by including case studies that address more nuanced topics of children and ideology (The Chosen Child), children and power (The Desecrated Child), children a ... More

Keywords: Children, ideology, power, agency, gender, identity, violence, health

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780813049830
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813049830.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer L. Thompson, editor

Marta P. Alfonso-Durruty, editor

John J. Crandall, editor

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Introduction: Children in Prehistory

Jennifer L. Thompson, John J. Crandall, and Marta P. Alfonso-Durruty

I The Chosen Child

1 Death and the Special Child

Della C. Cook, Andrew R. Thompson, and Amanda A. Rollins

2 Beyond Victims

John J. Crandall and Jennifer L. Thompson

3 Chinchorro Mortuary Practices on Infants

Vivien G. Standen, Bernardo T. Arriaza, and Calogero M. Santoro

4 The “Other” Burials at Torre de Palma

Sarah Holt, Stacey Hallman, Mary Lucas Powell, and Maia M. Langley

II The Desecrated Child

6 Sense or Sensationalism?

Helen F. Gilmore and Siân E. Halcrow

III The Working Child

9 Little Helping Hands

Marta P. Alfonso-Durruty and Jennifer L. Thompson

10 Children of the Working Class

Debra L. Martin, Jennifer L. Thompson, and John J. Crandall

IV The Cultured Child

11 Surviving Childhood

Ann M. Palkovich

12 Tracing Tiwanaku Childhoods

Deborah E. Blom and Kelly J. Knudson

Conclusion: Little Bodies, Big Voices

Marta P. Alfonso-Durruty, Jennifer L. Thompson, and John J. Crandall