Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory


1 June 2010

Phases of childhood in Early Mycenaean Greece

Judit Lebegyev Childhood in the Past: An International Journal 2.1 (April 2009): 15-32.


The paper examines the question of whether or not it is possible to distinguish age grades within childhood in Early Mycenaean Greece. The analysis centres upon burial evidence from the Argolid, the core-area of Mycenaean civilisation, from where the largest amount of material suitable for such an analysis is available. The study concludes that on the basis of the available evidence three major phases can be identified within childhood – up until 1-2 years; 1-2 to 5-6 years and post 5-6 years. These approximate age grades, however, appear to have been somewhat fluid and changed over time.


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