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Childhood in Colonial Otago, New Zealand: Integrating Isotopic and Dental Evidence for Growth Disturbance and Oral Health

King, Charlotte L.; Kinaston, Rebecca L.; Snoddy, Anne Marie E.; Buckley, Hallie R.; Petchey, Peter; Millard, Andrew R.; Gröcke, Darren R.

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Authors

Charlotte L. King

Rebecca L. Kinaston

Anne Marie E. Snoddy

Hallie R. Buckley

Peter Petchey



Abstract

Experiences of childhood in colonial New Zealand are difficult to reconstruct from the historical record alone. Many of those who came to the colony were illiterate, and the Victorian tendency to avoid discussion of pregnancy and breastfeeding practices restricts our understanding of this important period. Bioarchaeological investigation, however, has the potential to illuminate the life stories of these first-generation Pākehā (European) settlers. Here we use isotopic evidence combined with dental pathology from children interred in a historic cemetery from Otago, New Zealand, to examine colonial childhood. We show how weaning practices in the colony differ from those experienced by their emigrant parents, highlight periods of illness likely associated with the weaning process, and bring to light the potential problems caused by maternal Vitamin D deficiency in the colony.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Nov 8, 2021
Publication Date 2022
Deposit Date Nov 11, 2021
Publicly Available Date May 8, 2023
Journal Childhood in the Past
Print ISSN 1758-5716
Electronic ISSN 2040-8528
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 15
Issue 1
Pages 15-43
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/17585716.2021.1989211
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1222236

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