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Children and Childhood in Bioarchaeology$
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Patrick Beauchesne and Sabrina C. Agarwal

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780813056807

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813056807.001.0001

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Bioarchaeological Analyses of Children and Childhood from the Kellis 2 Cemetery, Dakhleh Oasis, Egypt

Bioarchaeological Analyses of Children and Childhood from the Kellis 2 Cemetery, Dakhleh Oasis, Egypt

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(p.330) 10 Bioarchaeological Analyses of Children and Childhood from the Kellis 2 Cemetery, Dakhleh Oasis, Egypt
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Children and Childhood in Bioarchaeology
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Sandra M. Wheeler

Lana J. Williams

Tosha L. Dupras

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813056807.003.0011

Infancy and childhood have long been recognized as critical periods of increased physiological stress, morbidity, and mortality, and they have therefore been the focus of much research in bioarchaeological investigations in recent years. The Kellis 2 cemetery (c. 100–360 AD) in the Dakhleh Oasis of Egypt provides a unique opportunity to reconstruct the lives, experiences, and deaths of infants and children using a multi-modal approach. This chapter emphasizes the necessity of addressing issues of children’s lives and mortality directly through analyses of their physical remains. In addition, melding analyses of the body with the mortuary treatment, the prevalence of skeletal stress indicators and disease, the data on nutrition and diet, and the patterns of seasonal mortality allows for a more nuanced interpretation of childhood experiences in antiquity.

Keywords:   Egypt, Dakhleh Oasis, Seasonal mortality, Stress, Childhood

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