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Is it ritual? Or is it children?: Distinguishing consequences of play from ritual actions in the prehistoric archaeological record

Langley, Michelle; Litster, Mirani


This paper identifies a significant interpretive issue for prehistoric archaeology: distinguishing adult ritual actions from the activities of children in the archaeological record. Through examining ethnographic accounts of recent hunter-gatherer children and reconsidering archaeological patterns and assemblages in light of these data, we explore how the results of children’s play can be—and likely have been—misinterpreted by archaeologists as evidence for adult ritual behavior in prehistoric...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2018-10
Type: Journal article
Source: Current Anthropology
DOI: 10.1086/699837
Access Rights: Open Access


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