Childhood in the Past is the bi-annual journal produced by the Society. It provides an important forum for the publication of papers that deal with all aspects of children and childhood in the past.
The focus of the journal is children, childhood and all aspects of the representation of children in the past, and a great variety of source materials; historical, archaeological, anthropological, literary, etc, are used. The Journal fills an important gap in recognising that the study of childhood in the past is a cross-disciplinary venture, requiring communication of ideas across normal academic and chronological boundaries.
Papers from all disciplines relating to the study of childhood in the past – archaeological, anthropological, medical, historical, psychological etc, are included in the Journal.
Should you wish to submit an article to the journal, please contact the journal Editor.
Annual SSCIP membership includes paper copies of new volumes of Childhood in the Past and access to the back catalogue online.
The Journal is peer reviewed and available at: https://www.tandfonline.com/loi/ycip20
Book Reviews Editor
The Society periodically supports the publication of Monographs by SSCIP members. Previous volumes have encompassed single-authored or edited volumes in any discipline related to childhood in the past.
Should you wish to submit a book proposal for the Monograph series, please contact the Monograph series, General Editor
Ages and Abilities: The Stages of Childhood and their Social Recognition in Prehistoric Europe and Beyond
by Katharina Rebay-Salisbury and Doris Pany-Kucera
Available now in print and open access from Archaeopress!
The ninth volume in the SSCIP monograph series, Ages and Abilities explores social responses to childhood stages from the late Neolithic to Classical Antiquity in Central Europe and the Mediterranean and includes cross-cultural comparison to expand the theoretical and methodological framework. By comparing osteological and archaeological evidence, as well as integrating images and texts, authors consider whether childhood age classes are archaeologically recognizable, at which approximated ages transitions took place, whether they are gradual or abrupt and different for girls and boys. Age transitions may be marked by celebrations and rituals; cultural accentuation of developmental stages may be reflected by inclusion or exclusion at cemeteries, by objects associated with childhood such as feeding vessels and toys, and gradual access to adult material culture. Access to tools, weapons and status symbols, as well as children’s agency, rank and social status, are recurrent themes. The volume accounts for the variability in how a range of chronologically and geographically diverse communities perceived children and childhood, and at the same time, discloses universal trends in child development in the (pre-)historic past.