Daily and afterlife of children (1500–1900): New perspectives in identifying childhood in the past

Project description

This project regenerates archaeological childhood studies through examining childhood between 1500 and 1900. The most challenging questions are related to the socialization of children as well as finding children's own voices in the Finnish archaeological materials from burials and school sites, as well as probate inventories, mill, and school records. These will be approached through application of theories of emotions and performance. Bioanthropological analysis reveals the nutrition and health of the past children and stable isotope analysis enable discussion of breastfeeding patterns. These provide starting point for considering past parenthood.

Project coordinator

University of Oulu