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Children in bioarchaeology: methods and interpretations

Lewis, M. E. ORCID: (2018) Children in bioarchaeology: methods and interpretations. In: Katzenberg, M. A. and Grauer, A. L. (eds.) Biological Anthropology of the Human Skeleton, 3rd edition. Wiley Blackwell, New York. ISBN 9781119151616

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In 1992, Shelley Saunders provided one of the first overviews on the position of non-adult studies in bioarchaeology. While acknowledging that things had moved on since 1968, when Johnson lamented the almost complete neglect of children in biological studies, she highlighted a number of issues that still required investigation. Now, 25 years later, how far have we come? This chapter provides an overview of the importance, position, challenges and popularity of non-adult studies in bioarchaeology. It extends beyond the original premise of Saunder’s (1992; 2000; 2008) reviews on ageing, sexing and growth methods to include the rapidly expanding area of child palaeopathology. New themes, such as concerns about how we define a ‘child’ and the emerging interest in adolescent skeletons are explored. Throughout, the issue that a child potentially represents a frail non-survivor resonates as we attempt to provide accurate sex and age estimates or understand levels of childhood stress.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Divisions:Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Scientific Archaeology
Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Department of Archaeology
ID Code:69355
Uncontrolled Keywords:ageing, sex determination, growth, puberty, physiological age, social age, rickets, scurvy, anaemia
Publisher:Wiley Blackwell

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