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Durham University

Department of Archaeology

Research Postgraduates

Publication details for Professor Rebecca Gowland

Mays, Simon, Gowland, Rebecca, Halcrow, Siân & Murphy, Eileen (2017). Child Bioarchaeology: Perspectives on the Past 10 Years. Childhood in the Past 10(1): 38-56.

Author(s) from Durham


This article aims to provide an overview of some of the more important developments in the bioarchaeology of childhood over the past decade. Analysis of publication trends in the major osteoarchaeology and physical anthropology journals demonstrated a rise in research papers dealing with skeletal remains of children, with dietary and palaeopathological studies especially predominant. Innovations in these areas are discussed in more detail, together with some important developments in theoretical frameworks for using skeletal evidence to situate children in past societies. Among these latter is the life course approach, in which childhood is considered within the context of the trajectory of the entire life course. The integration of studies of child skeletal remains with those of adults helps to provide a more complete picture of communities in the past.


Supplemental data for this article can be accessed at doi: 10.1080/17585716.2017.1301066.