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Growing up in ancient Peru – stages of childhood according to burial assemblages and iconography of the Moche culture


Archaeologia Polona Vol. 51-52 (2013-2014)


Więckowski, Wiesław ; Wołoszyn, Janusz Z.


Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology Polish Academy of Sciences

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ill. ; 24 cm

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childhood ; Moche ; burials ; iconography


Until fairly recently archaeology was almost exclusively androcentric, both in terms of research conducted and the researchers conducting it. The situation changed in the 1970s as a result of the development of feminism and gender studies. Soon also children became a subject of archaeological research. This article is an attempt to apply this relatively new approach to South American archaeology. Burial assemblages and iconography are analysed in order to obtain information about childhood and to identify the possible stages of childhood in the Moche culture (100–800 CE), paying special attention to the transition from being a child to being an adult. The results offer some interesting insights into the social structure of the Moche and their attitude towards the youngest members of their society


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