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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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Tracing Tiwanaku Childhoods

Tracing Tiwanaku Childhoods

A Bioarchaeological Study of Age and Social Identities in Tiwanaku Society

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Tracing Childhood

Deborah E. Blom

Kelly J. Knudson

University Press of Florida

This chapter fills a gap in studies of the ancient Andes by incorporating age identities into previous research into the formation of social identities in the Tiwanaku polity (ca. AD 500 – 1150). A general theoretical approach to concepts of childhood in the Andes is discussed, using the ethnographic and ethnohistoric record to outline significant issues in early childhood that can be addressed through bioarchaeology and biogeochemistry. By investigating past Andean concepts of childhood with a focus on the development of and intersections between gender, age, residence, and community identities, it is illustrated how reframing data on Tiwanaku childrearing practices (e.g., cranial modification), social identities, paleopathology, and paleomobility/migration and the use of case studies can address the experience of Tiwanaku childhoods and begin to shed light on how childhood was constructed for individuals within Tiwanaku society.

Keywords:   Age, childhood, Tiwanaku, paleopathology, cranial modification, bioarchaeology, Andes, paleomobility, biogeochemistry

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