Children in the Prehistoric Puebloan Southwest

Children in the Prehistoric Puebloan Southwest

by Kathryn Kamp, Society for American Archaeology Meeting 2000
     
 

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Is there evidence of children in the archaeological record? Some would answer no, that "subadults" can only be distinguished when there is osteological confirmation. Others might suggest that the reason children don’t exist in prehistory is because no one has looked for them, much as no one had looked for women in the same context until

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Is there evidence of children in the archaeological record? Some would answer no, that "subadults" can only be distinguished when there is osteological confirmation. Others might suggest that the reason children don’t exist in prehistory is because no one has looked for them, much as no one had looked for women in the same context until recently.

Focusing on the Southwest, contributors to this volume attempt to find some of those children, or at least show how they might be found. They address two issues: what was the cultural construction of childhood? What were childrens' lives like?

Determining how cultures with written records have constructed childhood in the past is hard enough, but the difficulty is magnified in the case of ancient Puebloan societies. The contributors here offer approaches from careful analysis of artifacts and skeletal remains to ethnographic evidence in rock art. Topics include ceramics and evidence of child manufacture and painting, cradleboards, evidence of child labor, and osteological evidence of health conditions.
 

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"The study of children has previously received almost no attention by archaeologists. This book will break new ground, and it will be significant."—Michelle Hegmon, Arizona State University
 

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Chiefly papers presented at a symposium organized for the Society for American Archaeology meeting held in Philadelphia in April 2000. Marking the first signs of adolescence in the new field perhaps called palaeopaedography, 10 studies consider age as a critical variable in archaeology. Using the ample evidence from the southern US, they discuss such topics as the morphology of prehispanic cradleboards, attempts to identify child producers of ceramics, learning and teaching, and children's health. The papers are not indexed. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874807233
Publisher:
University of Utah Press
Publication date:
07/28/2002
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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