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Mesolithic Childhoods: Growing up and dying as a hunter-fisher in South Scandinavia
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies.
2012 (English)In: Childhood in the Past: An International Journal, ISSN 1758-5716, Vol. 5, 20-34 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This paper stresses the importance of distinguishing between different categories of children in order to better understand their changing lives and their shifting relations with the adult world. The example is taken from the Mesolithic burial/settlement site of Skateholm at the southernmost coast of Sweden. By contrasting grave content and spatial arrangement of the site it is argued that the inhabitants recognised differences between infants (<1 year), younger children up to seven years, and older children between about eight to thirteen years. The children seem to have started to engage in the adult world by the age of seven or eight, and by the age of around fourteen years, their graves are inseparable from those of the adults. Individuals of the intermediate age-group, between the ages nine to thirteen, are completely missing among the burials. It is suggested that their absence is not singularly due to lower mortality rate, but rather that this age-span constituted a socially distinct transitional phase between childhood and adulthood. 

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2012. Vol. 5, 20-34 p.
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Children, childhoods, Mesolithic, Skateholm, burial archaeology, dogs
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-82636OAI: diva2:581252
Available from: 2012-12-29 Created: 2012-11-20 Last updated: 2014-06-23Bibliographically approved

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