IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 807: Suffer the Little Children?: Health, Disease, and Disability among Children in Medieval Society

Tuesday 14 July 2009, 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:Irina Metzler, Independent Scholar, Bristol
Paper 807-aChildhood Health in Early Churchyards
(Language: English)
Jo Buckberry, Division of Archaeological, Geographical & Environmental Sciences, University of Bradford
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Archaeology - Sites, Daily Life
Paper 807-bAll God's Children?: A Biocultural Approach to Disease and Disability in Early Medieval Western Britain
(Language: English)
Katie Hemer, Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Archaeology - Sites, Daily Life
Paper 807-cIssues of Child Health in Urban and Rural Settlements in Medieval England
(Language: English)
Mary Elizabeth Lewis, Department of Archaeology, University of Reading
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Archaeology - Sites, Daily Life
Abstract

This session explores aspects of the health of children in medieval society from an archaeological perspective. The papers address the possibilities and the limitations of osteological data for understanding health, and they compare the health status of children in a range of settlement contexts. The burial provision afforded children with compromised health or physical impairments is addressed, permitting insights into attitudes to the sick and disabled.