Infancy and urbanization in central Italy during the Early Iron Age and beyond

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A relatively large number of studies have dealt with suggrundaria (‘under eaves burials’) in Early Iron Age Latium vetus, while
infancy in the funerary studies of central Italy has received generally less attention in the past as a specific topic of study.
However things are changing rapidly in this field and infancy and childhood is becoming an important focus of Italian
prehistoric and classical archaeology. Urbanization in Pre-Roman and Roman Italy on the other hand is a well-known and much studied phenomenon, whose effects have shaped the features of modern Western civilizations. Probably because of gendered biases the two themes have always remained separate and not connected. This paper for the first time will show how urbanization has changed the representation of children in burial practices and has affected mothers’ infant feeding practices;
and will indicate how vice-versa infant feeding practices can affect the development of urban societies. In this way it will open
new research agenda for urbanization and infancy studies in Pre-Roman and Roman Italy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPapers in Italian Archaeology VII: The Archaeology of Death
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Seventh Conference of Italian Archaeology held at the National University of Ireland, Galway, April 16-18, 2016
Number of pages206
ISBN (Electronic)9781784919221
ISBN (Print)9781784919214
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2018


  • infancy
  • childhood
  • Italy
  • Mediterranean
  • urbanization

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