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[New FCS Preprint] Hunter-gatherer children in the past: an archaeological review

Our team is excited to share a new FCS preprint on the archaeology of hunter-gatherer childhoods by Annemieke Milks, Sheina Lew-Levy, Noa Lavi, David Friesem, and Rachel Reckin. You can check out the preprint here.

Abstract: Theoretical engagement and methodological innovations geared towards identifying the presence and activities of children in archaeological contexts has increased in pace over the last decade. This paper presents a systematic review of the literature pertaining to the archaeology of hunter-gatherer children. The review summarises methods and findings from 72 archaeological publications in a number of research areas that show material culture relating to childhood, including children’s playthings and tools, learning to flintknap, and their involvement in the making of marks, art and footprints. By drawing on diverse evidence from all inhabited continents, we explore the implications of these data for our understanding of the cultural variability and patterning of hunter-gatherer children in the deep past. The paper closes by discussing potential improvements to archaeological and anthropological methodologies which would progress our understanding of children as active and engaged members of their societies.


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