Monthly Archives: November 2014

Ancient DNA

The analysis of ancient DNA is a key method in our project. We will apply aDNA analysis to get more information on two crucial questions: First, we would like to find out of girl and boy babies were valued and … Continue reading

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Baby slings, cradle boards or a hole in the ground?

All mothers are working mothers. Looking after babies and young infants is a hard job in its own right, but the notion of a stay at home mum was most likely alien to prehistoric people. Women’s working capacity outside their … Continue reading

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The value of a person

Another strand of thought in our project is the social status of mothers – how motherhood was valued in the past, how mother’s status relates to women who have not given birth to men and children. It has always intrigued … Continue reading

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How it all began

I have been thinking about the shape of this project for a very long time – it is one of the projects that probably had a ‘gestation period’ of almost a decade. I have always been interested in explaining mortuary … Continue reading

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Welcome to ‘Motherhood in prehistory’

This blog about motherhood in prehistory accompanies the research project ‘The social status of motherhood in Bronze Age Europe‘ hosted by OREA at the Austrian Academy of Sciences and funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF from 2015 to 2017.

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