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Childhood is a core stage in development, essential in the acquisition of social, practical and cultural skills. However, this area receives limited attention in archaeological debate, especially in early prehistory. We here consider Neanderthal childhood, exploring the experience of Neanderthal children using biological, cultural and social evidence. We conclude that Neanderthal childhood experience was subtly different from that of their modern human counterparts, orientated around a greater focus on social relationships within their group. Neanderthal children, as reflected in the burial record, may have played a particularly significant role in their society, especially in the domain of symbolic expression. A consideration of childhood informs broader debates surrounding the subtle differences between Neanderthals and modern humans.
|Number of pages||23|
|Journal||Oxford Journal of Archaeology|
|Early online date||8 Apr 2014|
|Publication status||Published - May 2014|
Bibliographical note© John Wiley & Sons Ltd. 2014. This is an author produced version of a paper published in Oxford Journal of Archaeology. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
- human evolution
Contribution to SINC Science Journal: Aquellos amorosos neandertales
Penny Spikins (Advisor)Jul 2018
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Interview with New Hampshire Public radio: Neanderthal children and the evolution of parental care
Penny Spikins (Interviewee)14 May 2014
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Press release: Researchers say Neanderthals were no strangers to good parenting
Penny Spikins (Advisor), Gail Elizabeth Hitchens (Researcher) & Andrew Needham (Researcher)9 Apr 2014
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Interdisciplinary research into the Palaeolithic origins of care-giving and medicine
Spikins, P., Needham, A., Wright, B. J. D., Dytham, C., Hitchens, G. & Bell, T.
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