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New prospects for investigating early life-course experiences and health in archaeological fetal, perinatal and infant individuals

Hodson, C. M. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3408-2871 (2021) New prospects for investigating early life-course experiences and health in archaeological fetal, perinatal and infant individuals. Childhood in the Past, 14 (1). pp. 3-12. ISSN 1758-5716

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/17585716.2021.1905884

Abstract/Summary

Children have become firmly embedded within multi-disciplinary investigations of young lives, yet within these studies the youngest members of past populations persist in lingering on the margins of discussion. Fetal, perinatal and infant lives are tangential; unable to articulate their thoughts and feelings, with their position and role in society typically a product of parental or wider social vectors, these individuals, their experiences, and their roles are complex to decipher. Yet as keepers of both biological and social data - regarding themselves, their mothers and wider community dynamics - these individuals are central in developing comprehensive narratives of infanthood in the past. However, a lack of methodologies for investigating these young lives has been a constant limitation. With recent advancements able to further our understanding of these early life-courses, it is now pertinent to focus on fetal, perinatal and infant lives further.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Scientific Archaeology
Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Social Archaeology
Interdisciplinary Research Centres (IDRCs) > Centre for Health Humanities (CHH)
Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Department of Archaeology
ID Code:98293
Publisher:Taylor & Francis

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