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date: 23 August 2019

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This chapter exams the contribution of children to the creation of art in the Palaeolithic, exploring how different forms of art can reflect and inform the relationship between children and their family/community. The widest definition of ‘art’ is used, to include material culture, portable or static, which has been purposefully moulded to create something other than its original form and its interpretation is culturally specific. In this chapter, the material culture will be drawn from two sources; the mortuary record, namely body ornamentation in the form of beads, shells, and teeth, which are contextually associated with human burials, and the decorated Franco-Cantabrian caves. The ‘art’ from both of these records can in their own ways inform as to the relationship between children and their families.

Keywords: Paleaolithic, art, decoration, mortuary ritual, cave painting, finger fluting, children, burial

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