ISSN: 1309-8780
e-ISSN: 2822-3985

Mihriban Özbaşaran1, Sera Yelözer2, Nurcan Kayacan3, Güneş Duru4

1İstanbul Üniversitesi, Tarih Öncesi Arkeolojisi Anabilim Dalı
2Bağımsız araştırmacı, İstanbul/TÜRKİYE
3İstanbul Üniversitesi, Tarih Öncesi Arkeolojisi Anabilim Dalı
4Mimar Sinan Güzel Sanatlar Üniversitesi, Prehistorya Anabilim Dalı

Keywords: Central Anatolia, Cappadocia, Early Neolithic, Aşıklı Höyük, Children.


Childhood is the most crucial stage in human life, as well as for the cognitive and technological development of our species. However, earlier traditional archaeological studies have often neglected the role of children in prehistoric societies and focused on the primary socio-economic elements of daily life in prehistory (e.g. agriculture, animal husbandry, hunting-gathering, and various crafts). The picture of a Neolithic village portrayed by archaeologists mostly comprised adults who were engaged in production and subsistence. Children, were seen as passive until they reached a certain age when they became active in production. Increasing ethnographic and archaeological studies however, portray a contrasting picture as they yield insights into the learning and transmission processes of know-how and skills regarding socio-economic activities, technologies, and craft production which suggest that social roles and identities are all formed during childhood. Thus, although the state of research shows that we still have further steps to go, it is clear that a deeper understanding of childhood and children in prehistory is as essential as understanding the world of adults. In such an attempt, this article focuses on the children of Aşıklı Höyük, an Early Neolithic community in Central Anatolia. We briefly discuss the skeletal evidence emerging from the anthropological analyses, and attempt to approach the roles and identities of children through the lens of grave goods and lithic production technologies.

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