Childhood in protohistory in the southern Carpathian Basin ARHKIDS (IP-2019-04-2520)

The research project Childhood in protohistory in the southern Carpathian Basin (ARHKIDS), funded by Croatian Science Foundation, is a multidisciplinary study of children and child-related material traces found in graves, settlements, and other archaeological contexts in the period from the Late Bronze Age to the Early Iron Age. The combined multidisciplinary approach, which includes archaeological and anthropological analyses, residue analyses of ceramic vessels, and analyses of the stable isotopes of anthropological samples, study the biological and social ages of children, the everyday activities undertaken by children – playing, adopting skills, working, interacting with the environment, and child-related rituals. The diachronic study of children and childhood over a long time period (1400 BC – 100 BC) indicate the status of children in different communities and periods and their contribution to the transfer of knowledge and skills in past societies. The study of children from communities that lived sustainable way of life, connected with and dependent on nature and the environment, can show us which value, knowledge and skills have enduring value and are necessary for the transfer of social and cultural values into the future.

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Research group: Daria Ložnjak Dizdar (PI) (Institute of Archaeology), Marko Dizdar (Institute of Archaeology), Ivan Drnić (Archaeological Museum in Zagreb), Julie Dunne (University of Bristol), Aleksandar Kapuran (Archaeological Institute Belgrade),  Snježana Karavanić (Institute of Archaeology), Janja Mavrović Mokos (University of Zagreb), Petra Rajić Šikanjić (Institute for Anthropological Research), Katharina Rebay-Salisbury (Institute for Oriental and European Archaeology Austrian Academy of Sciences), Christophe Snoeck (Vrije university Brussel), Joanna Sofaer (University of Southampton)

Project duration: 1st February 2020 – 31st January 2024


Poljana Križevačka




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