Centre for the Archaeology of Childhood is launched at Sheffield University

Thanks to funding from the Pamela Staunton Bequest, Sheffield University Archaeology Department has launched a new Research Centre.

The Sheffield Centre for the Archaeology of Childhood, the only research centre in the UK focused on the archaeology of childhood, was launched last week, with the occasion marked by a lecture by Dr Sian Halcrow of the University of Otago.

The study of childhood in the past has been invigorated by significant recent works by both archaeologists and historians. The Centre for the Archaeology of Childhood at Sheffield University draws together archaeological researchers with diverse chronological, theoretical and methodological expertise, with interests in exploring the nature and experience of childhood in the past.

At Sheffield, our research in this area includes the examination of material culture, human skeletal remains, and stable isotope data, and ranges in scale from sites within their wider landscape to single objects or individuals. Our approach is often interdisciplinary, drawing on allied subjects such as History and Anthropology to enrich our investigations.

A lecture on the archaeology of childhood

Depiction of baby bathing

The establishment of this brand new research centre at Sheffield reflects the significant concentration of archaeologists of infancy and childhood at Sheffield.

Through our respective approaches, and collaboratively as a centre, we seek to illuminate the world inhabited and created by infants and children across time and space.

For more information about the Centre’s activities, members and research projects, please visit our webpage at: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/archaeology/research/centres/childhood