Monthly Archives: August 2018

Child Born 90,000 Years ago had Neanderthal Mother and Denisovan Father — The Bioarchaeology of Childhood | Sian Halcrow

Despite the breaking news about this ‘child’, this may have been an adult. Read more below.  Breaking news about an astonishing find of a child is hitting international news. The paper presents the genome of ‘Denisova 11’, who is represented … Continue reading

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Moving Monuments – Commemorating Childhood at the National Memorial Arboretum 2 — Archaeodeath

At the National Memorial Arboretum, a second dimension of movement in memorials to children takes the form of the Edward’s Trust Memorial (for the first dimension, follow this link). This memorial is situated in a cluster of child-associated memories including … Continue reading

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Moving Monuments – Commemorating Childhood at the National Memorial Arboretum 1 — Archaeodeath

Archaeologists frequently talk about monuments in relation to movement. Monuments can commemorate migrations, diasporas and dislocations from place for past living people, and the bodies of the dead (aka cenotaphs). Also, monuments and memorials can readily depict movement of people, … Continue reading

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Skull trauma in children indicates violent pre-Hispanic Canary Island societies — The Bioarchaeology of Childhood

There is a romanticised view that pre-Hispanic societies from the Canary Islands lived in a ‘paradise on earth’ without violence and conflict. However, recent work by anthropologists has shown that there is evidence for intentional trauma in adults from pre-Hispanic … Continue reading

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New Book – Unearthing Childhood: Young lives in prehistory

A new book Unearthing childhood: Young lives in prehistory by Robin Derricourt is a unique and fully comprehensive survey of children across all of prehistory, from Australopithecines to the eve of civilisation. Robin discusses a range of themes, including birth … Continue reading

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Call for papers for 2019 SAA session “The Health and Welfare of Children in the Past”

A session on The Health and Welfare of Children in the Past will be held at the 2019 SAAs meeting at Albuquerque, New Mexico, on April 10-14th (session no: 4336). See here for more information on the conference. If interested … Continue reading

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Nineteenth Century Childhoods in Interdisciplinary and International Perspectives

I am very excited to share Jane Eva Baxter and Meredith Ellis’ new edited volume. Opening the book the editors state:   The 19th Century was a time when the world was becoming increasingly connected through global forces and networks. … Continue reading

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