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Tracing ChildhoodBioarchaeological Investigations of Early Lives in Antiquity$
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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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Surviving Childhood

Surviving Childhood

Health, Identity, and Personhood in the Prehistoric American Southwest

(p.219) 11 Surviving Childhood
Tracing Childhood

Ann M. Palkovich

University Press of Florida

The concept of personhood offers insights about the deaths of three young children in a14th century ancestral Puebloan village. As innocents and individuals considered only partly leading an earthly existence, children were thought to be particularly susceptible to suspicions of witchcraft. These children, all three to four and a half years of age, experienced violent deaths that can be understood as ritualized acts of violence to protect their village from evil influences.

Keywords:   Ancestral Puebloan village, personhood, ritualized violence

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