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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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Death and the Special Child

Death and the Special Child

Three Examples from the Ancient Midwest

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(p.17) 1 Death and the Special Child
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Tracing Childhood
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Della C. Cook

Andrew R. Thompson

Amanda A. Rollins

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813049830.003.0002

Child deaths in the age interval 5 to 14 years should include proportionately more children with underlying frailty than deaths at younger ages. This chapter presents case studies of three such children from Hopewell and Late Woodland mounds in west-central Illinois who share craniosynostosis and a history of trauma. Hypophosphatemic rickets is suggested as a possible etiology for suture closure, subtle long bone lesions and mild microcephaly. Perimortem trauma and unusual mortuary practices suggest a subaltern social identity in a Hopewell girl aged 12 to 15 years who appears to have lost an eye in early childhood and several healed injuries.

Keywords:   Hopewell, Late Woodland, microcephaly, craniosynostosis, mortuary practices, subaltern

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