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This project will use early Medieval assemblages of children held within the archaeology collections in the School of Natural Sciences at the University of Central Lancashire, and any other suitable assemblages identified by the candidate to understand more about the lived experiences and lifecycle identity of children found at these sites. Initial osteoarchaeological analysis, and palaeopathological studies will be used to characterise the ages and general health of the individuals buried at these sites. Tooth metrics and statistical analysis will be used to explore familial relationships between children and adults within the cemetery sites. Stable isotope analysis will help to explore the changing diets of individuals throughout their different phases of childhood. The archaeological context of graves including burial orientation, grave goods, grave associations, body positioning will be considered alongside these wider bioanthropological approaches to create a holistic understanding of the individuals buried and what this might tell us about their changing roles during different lifecycle stages of childhood and adolescence.

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