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The last two decades have seen an exponential rise in scholarly interest and research into childhood, and children, in the past (e.g. Scheuer & Black 2000; Baxter 2005; Lewis 2007; Finlay 2013; Halcrow et al. 2018). Multiple publications have explored the scholarly origins of the field, detailing its complex and multidisciplinary development (Prout 2005; Halcrow & Tayles 2008; Lillehammer 2015; Mays et al. 2017). Several authors (e.g. Lillehammer 2015; Mays et al. 2017) have also, very successfully, synthesised extant research themes and investigations, and proposed future research directions. Consequently, although this field is in its relative infancy, its voice is louder than ever as the importance of studies of childhood and children in the past is realised.

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Baxter, J.E. 2005. The archaeology of childhood: children, gender, and material culture. Walnut Creek (CA): AltaMira.
Finlay, N. 2013. Archaeologies of the beginnings of life. World Archaeology 45: 207–14. https://doi.org/10.1080/00438243.2013.822321
Halcrow, S.E. & Tayles, N.. 2008. The bioarchaeological investigation of childhood and social age: problems and prospects. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory: 190215. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10816-008-9052-x.
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Lewis, M.E. 2007. The bioarchaeology of children: perspectives from biological and forensic anthropology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511542473
Lillehammer, G. 2015. 25 Years with the ‘child’ and the archaeology of childhood. Childhood in the Past 8: 7886. https://doi.org/10.1179/1758571615Z.00000000030
Mays, S., Gowland, R., Halcrow, S. & Murphy, E.. 2017. Child bioarchaeology: perspectives on the past 10 years. Childhood in the Past 10: 3856. https://doi.org/10.1080/17585716.2017.1301066
Prout, A. 2005. The future of childhood: towards the interdisciplinary study of children. Oxford: RoutledgeFalmer.
Scheuer, L. & Black, S.. 2000. Developmental juvenile osteology. London: Academic. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-012624000-9/50004-6

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