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dc.contributor.authorLangley, MC
dc.contributor.authorLitster, M
dc.date.accessioned2019-06-26T12:31:48Z
dc.date.available2019-06-26T12:31:48Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.identifier.issn0011-3204
dc.identifier.doi10.1086/699837
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/385619
dc.description.abstractThis 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 contexts. Given that children were a significant component of past hunter-gatherer (and other) societies, the fact that the material components of their activities overlap tremendously with items used in adult rituals must be routinely considered by archaeologists if we are to reconstruct robust understandings of past peoples all over the globe.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.publisherUniversity of Chicago Press
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom616
dc.relation.ispartofpageto643
dc.relation.ispartofissue5
dc.relation.ispartofjournalCurrent Anthropology
dc.relation.ispartofvolume59
dc.subject.fieldofresearchAnthropology
dc.subject.fieldofresearchLaw
dc.subject.fieldofresearchArchaeology
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1601
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1801
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode2101
dc.titleIs it ritual? Or is it children?: Distinguishing consequences of play from ritual actions in the prehistoric archaeological record
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
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