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Childhood in late neolithic Vietnam: bio-mortuary insights into an ambiguous life stage

Oxenham, Marc; Matsumura, H; Domett, Kathryn M; Nguyen, Kim Thuy; Nguyen, Kim Dung; Nguyen, Lan Cuong; Huffer, Damien; Muller, Sarah


This paper looks at a late Neolithic cemetery site dated to approximately 3500 years BP in northern Vietnam. The purpose is to: (1) use the techniques of mortuary archaeology to shed light on the role of children and adult attitudes towards children at this site; and (2) assess the level of health and well being of the children. Mortuary methods included an examination of a range of traits including burial position and orientation as well as the number and manner of grave furniture in respect...[Show more]

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Date published: 2008
Type: Conference paper
Source: Babies Reborn: Infant/Child Burials in Pre- and Protohistory. Proceedings of the XV World Congress of the International Union for Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences.


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