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Tuesday, November 8th, 2022

14:00 - 15:00

Afternoon registration

13:00 - 14:30

Optional visit to the historical downtown of Alcalá de Henares
(Meeting point at the main entrance of the Colegio San Ildefonso, Rectorade Building)

15:00 - 15:45

Welcoming to the 14th Annual Conference of the SSCIP

  • Daniel Justel Vicente
         Chairman of the 14th Annual Conference of the SSCIP (Universidad de Alcalá, Spain)
  • Katie Hemer
         President of the SSCIP (University College London Institute of Archaeology, United Kingdom)
  • José Alberto González Reyes
           Councillor Delegate for Youth and Childhood, Diversity and Solidarity (City Council of Alcalá de Henares, Spain)
  • Margarita Vallejo Girvés
        Vice Rector of Postgraduate Studies and Professor of Ancient History (Universidad de Alcalá, Spain)

16:00 - 16:45

Session 1: Valuing children in Spain (I)

  • Skeletal evidence of the sexual dimorphism hypothesis for the origin of adolescence
         Julia Muñoz-Guarinos (Universidad de Burgos, Spain)
  • Bioarchaeological and archaeological approach to two infantile burials at the Roman and Late Antique city of Pollentia (Mallorca, Balearic Islands)
         Alejandra C. Ordóñez (Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain)
  • A boy and a bow: a Roman finding in the Spanish Pyrenees
         Pilar Diarte Blasco (Universidad de Alcalá, Spain) et al.

17:00 - 17:45

Session 2: Valuing children in Spain (II)

  • The lack of children in megalithic contexts in the north of the Iberian Peninsula: analysis based on the megalithic tombs of La Lora region (Burgos, Spain)
         Angélica Santa Cruz (Universidad de Valladolid, Spain)
  • The role of non-adult individuals as agents of social changes through the study of their presence/absence in the funerary contexts of the 4th and 3rd Millennia BC in Central Iberia
         Ana Mercedes Herrero-Corral (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain) et al.
  • Kid stuff? An approach to the miniatures of the Guanche population
         Selene Rodríguez-Caraballo (Universidad de La Laguna, Spain) et al.

17:45 - 18:00

Round table and questions of Sessions 1 and 2

18:15 - 19:15

Keynote presentation:
A Little History of Archeology of Childhood in Spain: Valuing Children
Margarita Sánchez Romero
(University of Granada, Spain)


Refreshments and drinks reception


Wednesday, November 9th, 2022

08:30 - 09:00


09:00 - 09:45

Session 3: Valuing children in Prehistory (I)

  • Live and learn. Children’s Learning among Recent Hunter-Gatherer Societies: Implications for Paleolithic Archaeology
         Ella Assaf (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
  • Growing Up Gravettian
         April Nowell (University of Victoria, Canada) et al.
  • Children and Mines. Working and Learning in Prehistory
         Nuria Castañeda (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain)

10:00 - 10:45

Session 4: Valuing children in Prehistory (II)

  • Nutrition of children in the Early Bronze Age according to stable isotope analysis on the example of the Vliněves site (Bohemia, Czech Republic)
         Lucie Vélová (National Museum of Prague, Czech Republic) et al.
  • Valuing children in the Late Bronze Age in the southern Carpathian Basin (online)
         Daria Loznjak Dizdar (Institute of Archaeology of Zagreb, Croatia)
  • Children's objects in adult graves - a coincidence or an indication of the role of children in funerary rituals? The case of the Baltic tribes in the Iron Age
         Povilas Blaževičius (National Museum of Lithuania, Lithuania)

10:45 - 11:00

Round table and questions of Sessions 3 and 4

11:00 - 12:15

Coffee break

11:15 - 12:15

Posters exhibitions (link here to see them)

12:15 - 13:00

Session 5: Valuing children of northern Europe (I)

  • Figurines manufacture and learning through play during the Neolithic. An ethnoarchaeological approach (online)
         Argyris Fassoulas (ArScAn – Protohistoire égéenne (UMR 7041), France)
  • Valuing children in life and death in French late Neolithic societies (online)
         Melie Le Roy (Bournemouth University, England)
  • Valued or Forsaken? Exploring the Value of Children in Viking Age Sweden through the Lens of Bioarchaeology
         Marieke Ivarsson-Aalders (Stockholm University, Sweden)

13:15 - 13:45

Session 6: Valuing children of northern Europe (II)

  • Value of infants and problematic breastfeeding practices in two post-medieval Finnish towns according to Δ15N and Δ13C analyses of archaeological dentin
         Tiina Väre and Sanna Lipkin (University of Oulu, Finland).
  • Identifying periosteal new bone formation (PNBF) in fetal and infant individuals to explore health and wellbeing in past societies
         Claire Hodson (University of Reading, England)

13:45 - 14:00:

Round table and questions of Sessions 5 and 6

14:00 - 15:00 

Lunch break

15:00 - 15:45 

Session 7: Valuing children in the Ancient Near East (I)

  • Some Thoughts on the Role and Value of Children in Syria and Mesopotamia during the 3rd Millennium BCE
         Agnese Vacca (La Statale, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy)
  • "I have borne him for you!". Legal issues regarding second marriage children in ancient Mesopotamia
         Jules Jallet-Martini (Université Paris Panthéon Assas, France)
  • Children as Future Caregiver and Heirs: The Assyrian System (online)
         Nadia Pezzulla (Independent Scholar)

16:00 - 16:30

Session 8: Valuing children in the Ancient Near East (II)

  • The construction of personhood during childhood as seen through burial location: A case study from Lower Egypt
         Pablo Barba (University College London, England)
  • Productive Children in Early Bronze Age Syro-Mesopotamia: A View from the Fingerprints
         Akiva Sanders (Tel Aviv University, Israel) et al.

16:30 - 16:50

Round table and questions of sessions 7 and 8

16:50 - 17:15

Coffee break

17:15 - 18:00

Session 9: Valuing children through their bones

  • Shape changes during skeletal development of the upper limb: A three-dimensional geometric morphometric (3D GM) study in immature individuals
         Azahara Salazar Fernández (Universidad de Burgos, Spain) et al.
  • Judging bone by its cover: evaluation of children’s growth and health through the cranial topography
         Álvaro M. Monge Calleja and Ana Luísa Santos (Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal)
  • Exploring scurvy diagnosis in young non-adults: a new approach to recording scorbutic lesions on the skeleton
         Jack Eggington (University of Reading, England) et al. 

18:15 - 19:00

Session 10: Valuing children in Antiquity and Late Antiquity

  • The Raising of Jairus’ Daughter: A Reading in light of Depictions of Children’s Bodies in the First Century CE
         Janine Luttick (Australian Catholic University, Australia)
  • Pueri delicati in the household of Pliny the Younger: slaves' strategies of resistance to sexual abuse (online)
         Gonzalo Fontana Elboj (Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain)
  • Child abandonment between imperial legislation and Christianity
         Sirun Grigoryan (Universidad de Alcalá, Spain)

19:00 - 19:15

Round table and questions of sessions 9 and 10


Optional Conference Dinner at the Parador de Alcalá de Henares
c/ Colegios, 10
28801 Alcalá de Henares


Thursday, November 10th, 2022

09:00 - 09:30


09:30 - 10:15

Session 11: Valuing Children in Middle Ages and Early Modern Period (I)  

  • Caring for and about the Young: Ancient Southwestern Childhoods in Context (Sinagua culture, ca. 1100-1300 AD)
         Kathryn Kamp (Grinnell College, USA) et al.
  • Caring for the chronically ill child in medieval Aberdeen, Scotland
        Jenna Dittmar (University of Aberdeen, Scotland) et al.
  • The Medical Care of Children in Early Modern Scotland, c. 1650 - c. 1750 (online)
         Charlotte Holmes (University of Edinburgh, Scotland)

 10:30 - 11:00

Session 12: Valuing Children in Middle Ages and Early Modern Period (II)

  • The Baptised and the Unbaptised? Entwined Mothers and Infants, Bodies and Souls
         Eileen Murphy (Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland)
  • Marginalisation, maternity and infant mortality: Single parenthood in historic Dunedin, New Zealand
         Megan Southorn
    (University of Otago, New Zeland)

11:00 - 11:20

Round table and questions of sessions 11 and 12

11:20 - 11:45

Coffee break

 11:45 - 12:45

Session 13: Valuing ancient children in recent times and today

  • Pretty/Valuable: Girls as Cultural Producers of French Impressionism (online)
         Ashley E. Remer (Australian National University, Australia)
  • Children raise money for children?: the economically valuable ‘priceless’ child, citizenship and hospital fund-raising in Britain and North America, 1850-1950
         Mary Clare Martin (University of Greenwich, England)
  • Of past children and museums: how to tell the tale?
         Chryssa Bourbou (Ephorate of Antiquities of Chania, Greece)
  • The girl-child icons in the international arena: from victim to savior? The case of an NGO discourse
         Ozlem Lakatos (Université de Genéve, Switzerland)

12:45 - 13:00

Round table and questions of session 13

13:00 - 13:30

Closure of the Conference


Optional visit to the Roman city of Complutum
(Meeting point at the Parque Arqueológico ciudad romana de Complutum. Calle Camino del Juncal)



Universidad de Alcalá

The Society for the Study of Childhood in the Past


Universidad de AlcaláGrupo de Investigación
Ciencias de la Antigüedad en Alcalá

Vicerrectorado de Investigación y Transferencia de la Universidad de Alcalá Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Competitividad"Proyecto de Investigación Materializando a una Augusta: Historia, Historiografía e Historiología de las emperatrices Leónidas (457-518) (PCG2018-093729-B-100)"


Diócesis Complutense

Ayuntamiento de Alcalá de Henares