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

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049830

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049830.001.0001

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Little Helping Hands

Little Helping Hands

Insights from Punta Teatinos, Chile

(p.183) 9 Little Helping Hands
Tracing Childhood

Marta P. Alfonso-Durruty

Jennifer L. Thompson

University Press of Florida

Subadults are commonly characterized as passive and costly dependents who receive energy and goods from the adults in their groups. Although helpless and dependent at birth, as individuals grow, they develop and acquire skills that transform them into active “working” agents. As these changes occur, their social roles are altered and they increasingly contribute to the pooled energy budget of the group. The timing of this transition is influenced by their physical and cultural environment. The biological and social transition that takes place from infancy into adulthood has received little attention in bioarchaeological studies. Using behavioral signatures on bones and teeth (including trauma and pathologies) we systematically assess the changes in subadult societal roles among those buried at the Archaic site of Punta Teatinos (4,905–4,000 BP). Our results show that prehistoric forager children (subadults) rapidly transition into an adult world, the roles and activities of which increased their risk, especially from the juvenile stage onward. These results add to our understanding of children's (subadult’s) changing roles in prehistory.

Keywords:   children, social role, Punta Teatinos, Archaic

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