Reconstructing the world of children in Late Bronze Age Greece
The aim of this research project is to redress the omission of children from archaeological research in the Aegean, introduce the interdisciplinary study of children and childhood to Greek archaeology, and place it to the forefront of prehistoric archaeology in the Old World. Moving beyond traditional approaches, this project puts forward a child-centred approach in which Mycenaean children are linked to aspects of time, space, culture and identity, and can reveal their own identities and form their own relationships to their peers and to the adult community.
The core of the project is to develop a new interdisciplinary approach to Aegean archaeology. The evidence from Mycenaean Greece provides an excellent case study of a society with varied attitudes towards children. The methodological approach incorporates:
The research methodology goes substantially beyond the conventional limits of present scholarship on the topic as it employs the strengths of inter- and multi-disciplinarity that will enable the achievement of the goals of the project and its successful completion and initiates fresh interdisciplinary productive lines of thinking about childhood in the past.
Centre for Spartan and Peloponnesian Studies (CSPS)
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