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Negotiating Toddler Personhood in Loss of life: Deciphering Atypical Burials within the Late Roman Toddler and Youngster Cemetery at Poggio Gramignano (Italy) | April 2022 (126.2)


The Late Vintage (ca. 450 CE) toddler cemetery uncovered at Poggio Gramignano close to Lugnano in Teverina (Italy) has been interpreted as a catastrophic dying assemblage related to an acute epidemic of Plasmodium falciparum malaria and a ensuing episode of elevated toddler mortality. Earlier analysis has famous the distinctive mortuary ritual related to these burials however has not adequately thought-about the social implications of the nonnormative burial of the toddler and even fetal useless. This paper considers 10 newly uncovered burials of infants and one youngster from the cemetery, analyzed in situ utilizing an archaeothanatological strategy to separate postdepositional taphonomic change from the social and ritual dimensions of intentional funerary habits. The mortuary remedy supplied to those people suggests a doable worry of the useless, and extra considerably, maternal grief and a need for remembrance that contrasts with Roman cultural expectations surrounding the mourning of infants. The remedy of those people in dying offers invaluable and particular perception into the attitudes of this rural neighborhood’s shared stress surrounding unexplained sickness, toddler dying, and conventional beliefs in an period of serious cultural and social transition.

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