Child Born 90,000 Years ago had Neanderthal Mother and Denisovan Father — The Bioarchaeology of Childhood | Sian Halcrow

Despite the breaking news about this ‘child’, this may have been an adult. Read more below.  Breaking news about an astonishing find of a child is hitting international news. The paper presents the genome of ‘Denisova 11’, who is represented by a small bone fragment from Denisova Cave in Russia. The authors found that the […]

Moving Monuments – Commemorating Childhood at the National Memorial Arboretum 2 — Archaeodeath

At the National Memorial Arboretum, a second dimension of movement in memorials to children takes the form of the Edward’s Trust Memorial (for the first dimension, follow this link). This memorial is situated in a cluster of child-associated memories including the ‘Every Which Way’ (discussed in a previous blog) memorial commemorating evacuees of the Second […]

Moving Monuments – Commemorating Childhood at the National Memorial Arboretum 1 — Archaeodeath

Archaeologists frequently talk about monuments in relation to movement. Monuments can commemorate migrations, diasporas and dislocations from place for past living people, and the bodies of the dead (aka cenotaphs). Also, monuments and memorials can readily depict movement of people, animals and things in symbolic ways. They might require movement through their location and relationship […] […]

Skull trauma in children indicates violent pre-Hispanic Canary Island societies — The Bioarchaeology of Childhood

There is a romanticised view that pre-Hispanic societies from the Canary Islands lived in a ‘paradise on earth’ without violence and conflict. However, recent work by anthropologists has shown that there is evidence for intentional trauma in adults from pre-Hispanic sites suggesting inter-personal violence. A recently published paper has found that the young were not […] […]

New Book – Unearthing Childhood: Young lives in prehistory

A new book Unearthing childhood: Young lives in prehistory by Robin Derricourt is a unique and fully comprehensive survey of children across all of prehistory, from Australopithecines to the eve of civilisation. Robin discusses a range of themes, including birth and motherhood, family and development, food, clothing and adornment, learning crafts and skills, play and […]

Part 2 of Volume 11 of Childhood in the Past is out now!

Eileen M. Murphy shares part of her editorial here. The volume commences with a paper by Mélie Le Roy, Stéphane Rottier and Anne-Marie Tillier that asks: ‘Who was a “Child” During the Neolithic in France?’. The study focuses on juvenile remains recovered from Neolithic (5700–2100 BC) tombs and investigates funerary practices, age distribution and burial […]

Faulty science in DNA analysis of the Atacama ‘alien’ mummy — The Bioarchaeology of Childhood | Sian Halcrow

Our recently published international collaborative research calls into question the skeletal and genomic analysis, and ethics surrounding research into the much publicised alien-like “Atacama mummy”. Here is Forbes coverage written by co-author Kristina Killgrove. Our team published our findings yesterday in an open-access paper in the International Journal of Paleopathology. Here we evaluated work carried […] […]

Uncovering childhood in museums

Personal Reflections By Amanda Hoogestraat, Twitter @AmehAnthro On my recent tour of museums in the UK, I saw small reminders of children in the exhibits featuring past societies. Children were obviously a part of every community, but are underrepresented in museum collections. There is a museum devoted to childhood in both London and Edinburgh, but […] […]