Lives short lived: What can we learn about the life and death of children in Ancient Egypt by studying their physical remains

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talkResearch


Much is known about what it was like to grow up in Ancient Egypt based on the archaeological evidence, iconographic representations, and written sources. Studies of human remains offer additional information to aid our understanding of the life and death of the youngest and most vulnerable members of the ancient Egyptian society. From their birth to puberty, children had been exposed to and their lives shaped and affected by various factors, including living environment, diet, disease exposure, access to and provision of care, and their social standing.
This presentation will use findings from several cemetery sites, including Amarna, Dakhleh Oasis and Saqqara, to discuss evidence of poor health and its causative factors, mistreatment and causes of death among children in ancient Egypt.
Period10 Feb 2018
Event titleManchester Museum Open Study Day
Event typeOther
LocationManchester, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionRegional


  • Ancient Egypt
  • Children
  • Bioarchaeology
  • morbidity
  • mortality