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Social Experience of Childhood in Ancient Mesoamerica

Social Experience of Childhood in Ancient Mesoamerica

Hardback Mesoamerican Worlds

Edited by Traci Ardren, Edited by Scott Hutson

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  • Publisher: University Press of Colorado
  • Format: Hardback | 309 pages
  • Dimensions: 158mm x 231mm x 33mm | 567g
  • Publication date: 30 March 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Colorado
  • ISBN 10: 0870818279
  • ISBN 13: 9780870818271
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: 17 b/w photos, 54 maps, 4 b/w illus

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The first book to focus on children in ancient Mesoamerica, this vital reference offers a key methodological guide for archaeologists studying children and their roles not only in Mesoamerica, but also in ancient societies worldwide. Contributors examine material evidence, historical records, and iconography, productively criticizing the claim that children are invisible in the archaeological record and elucidating an ancient childhood comprising multiple and complex identities. They explore the methodological and theoretical difficulties created when investigating childhood - a category defined by each culture - in the archaeological record. Sure to appeal widely to New World and Old World archaeologists and anthropologists, "The Social Experience of Childhood in Ancient Mesoamerica" will open up new avenues of research into the lives of this previously overlooked yet remarkably large population. Contributors include Traci Ardren, Ximena Chavez Balderas, Billie Follensbee, Byron Hamann, Scott R. Hutson, Rosemary A. Joyce, Stacie M. King, Jeanne Lopiparo, Patricia McAnany, Geoffrey G. McCafferty, Sharisse D. McCafferty, Juan Alberto Roman Berrelleza, Rebecca Storey, Rissa M. Trachman, Fred Valdez Jr.

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Traci Ardren is an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Miami. Scott R. Hutson is a fellow in Pre-Columbian Studies at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collections in Washington, D.C.

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"The University Press of Colorado has developed a very strong list of titles dealing with Ancient Mesoamerica... The most recent addition to that list is "The Social Experience of Childhood in Ancient Mesoamerica"... This book fills a clear gap in o