IMC 2008: Sessions

Session 801: Children in the Medieval Village

Tuesday 8 July 2008, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Society for the Study of Childhood in the Past
Organiser:Dawn Hadley, Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield
Moderator/Chair:Mary Harlow, Institute of Archaeology & Antiquity, University of Birmingham
Paper 801-aHide and Seek: Space and Play in the Medieval Village
(Language: English)
Carenza Lewis, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Archaeology - Sites, Daily Life, Geography and Settlement Studies
Paper 801-bChild Burials in the Medieval Village Churchyard
(Language: English)
Dawn Hadley, Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Archaeology - Sites, Daily Life, Gender Studies
Paper 801-cSecular Spaces for Dead Children in the Medieval Village
(Language: English)
Sally Crawford, Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Archaeology - Sites, Daily Life, Geography and Settlement Studies
Abstract

This session examines the archaeological evidence for children in the medieval English village. Children are routinely under-explored, if not ignored, in discussions of medieval rural life, and there have been few studies dedicated to this social group. The first paper explores the evidence for the spaces occupied by children in the village, while the second paper looks at the ways in which children were treated in death, with a view to understanding aspects of the social construction of medieval childhood. The final paper examines the special relationship between children and the household manifest in the occasional burial of infants in houses.