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date: 23 February 2020

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Age is more than just a fundamental part of an individual’s personal identity; it is one of the basic building blocks upon which societies are organized. A life-course approach allows us to investigate how age was utilized as an organizational category by identifying the key age stages that were considered socially important and when transitional points were reached that represent a new life phase. This chapter addresses how age identity, as represented in the burial record, can be identified in Roman Britain; it discusses how the evidence for the four visible age stages can be understood and explores the multiplicity of life courses that existed within different regional contexts of the province.

Keywords: life course, age categories, age identity, rites of passage, infants, children, gender roles, old age, regionality, burial

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