Children, Childhood and Food: The Diets of Subadults in the Unetice Culture of Southwestern Poland
2015 (English)In: Forging Identities: The Mobility of Culture in Bronze Age Europe: Report from a Marie Curie Project 2009-2012 with Concluding Conference at Aarhus University, Moesgaard 2012 / [ed] Paulina Suchowska-Ducke, Samantha Scott Reiter, Helle Vandkilde, Oxford: British Archaeological Reports , 2015, Vol. 1, 245-252 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Dietary habits are a means by which social identity is expressed and negotiated and the foods consumed by children reflect both the social status of being a child and membership within other social groups that would eventually come to shape adult identity. Study of the diets of children in prehistory can, thus, provide information about the construction of childhood in the past and also about the perpetuation and negotiation of social structures. In this study, carbon and nitrogen stable isotope analysis was used to investigate the diets of subadults in the Únětice Culture of southwestern Poland. The results show that diets differed quite substantially between individuals, however diet changed very little during the lifetimes of each individual. This indicates that an individual’s social position was ascribed early in life and remained constant thereafter.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford: British Archaeological Reports , 2015. Vol. 1, 245-252 p.
, BAR international series, ISSN 0143-3067 ; S2771
Bronze Age, Food, Childhood, Carbon and nitrogen stable isotopes, Poland, Únětice, Social status, Identity.
Research subject Archaeological Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-88057DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.3700.7442ISBN: 9781407314334OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-88057DiVA: diva2:610644
Forging Identities. The Mobility of Culture in Bronze Age Europe, Aarhus 2012
FunderEU, FP7, Seventh Framework Programme, 212402