Seeing children in prehistory: a view from Bronze Age Ireland

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Abstract

Despite growing strength in recent decades, an archaeology of childhood has often been overlooked by those studying prehistory. This is concerning because communities are enlivened by their children, and conversations with and about children often provide a critical arena for the discussion of aspects of societies which prehistorians are comfortable addressing, such as social structure, identity and personhood. Through an exploration of childhood as expressed in the Earlier Bronze Age burials from Ireland, this article demonstrates that neither written sources, artistic depictions nor toys are necessary to speak of children in the past. Indeed, an approach which tacks between scales reveals subtle trends in the treatment of children which speak to wider shared concerns and allows a reflection on the role of children in prehistory.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftCambridge Archaeological Journal
Vol/bind31
Nummer3
Sider (fra-til)363-378
Antal sider16
ISSN0959-7743
DOI
StatusUdgivet - aug. 2021
Udgivet eksterntJa

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