The archaeological evidence for childhood and children is a once-neglected area of research which, in many parts of the world, is now beginning to receive more attention, but the lives of most medieval children in Britain remain much more obscure. This talk will look at the ways in which the activities of ordinary children in the medieval countryside can be reconstructed, not from the osteological analysis of those who died in childhood, but from a more inter-disciplinary search for the traces left by the play activities of medieval children while alive.
You can watch a clip from the BBC series ‘Too Much, Too Young: Children of the Middle Ages’ featuring Carenza on the programme’s website here.
Dr Carenza Lewis has been a member of the Department of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge since 1999. Prior to that, after taking a degree in archaeology from the University of Cambridge she became an Archaeological Investigator for the Royal Commission on Historical Monuments of England, and held a Research Fellowship the University of Birmingham investigating the medieval settlements of the East Midlands. Carenza was one of the original archaeological presenters of Time Team (1993-2005), the award-winning Channel 4 series. More recently, she participated in the BBC programmes the Story of England (2010) with Michael Wood and the Great British Story (2012). In 2005 Carenza set up Access Cambridge Archaeology, which aims to enhance educational, economic and social well-being through participation in archaeology, and now involves many hundreds of school pupils, community groups and members of the public in hands-on archaeology every year.
The talk will start at 7:30pm at Cottenham Village College, and will be followed by the FEAG AGM.
FEAG is a group of amateur archaeologists whose aim is to promote further understanding of the archaeology of the Fen Edge area covering the parishes of Willingham, Rampton, Cottenham, Landbeach and Waterbeach. The group was formed in 2008 and currently has over 50 members.