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An Introduction To The Archaeology Of Childhood

  • 13 Apr 2022
  • 7:00 PM (EDT)
  • University of Akron, Leigh Hall, Room 215 150 E. Exchange Street Akron, OH 44325 United States

An Introduction To The Archaeology Of Childhood

AIA Society: Akron/Kent
Lecturer: Jane Baxter

It is hard to imagine, given how ever-present children are in our modern world, that archaeologists did not begin to study children until about 25 years ago. What can the study of children and childhood offer to archaeology that the study of adults alone cannot? Where can we find traces of children in the archaeological record? How can an archaeology of children and childhood help us develop more human understandings of our shared past?  As an archaeologist whose work on children began in the 1990s, I will answer some of these questions using examples from the paleolithic to the present, and from around the globe. (If the group has special areas of interest I can incorporate those!) I will discuss topics like children in families, education, apprenticeship, and learning, children at work and play, and the death and commemoration of children. This presentation of children living very different lives than young people in our own society can help us question the assumptions we make about our own lives while gaining an appreciation for the lives of those who came before us.

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