Making medieval toys: Using experimental archaeology to engage students in academic enquiry
Author(s): Erin Halstad McGuire
The early medieval period is often thought of as a grim, violent era, characterized by conflict and social inequality. It is typically dominated by adult male narratives, albeit with a growing body of work centred on women’s lives. Children have remained in the shadows, sometimes seen but rarely heard. There is limited archaeological evidence for children’s activities and even less appears in textual sources from the Middle Ages. This paper explores the ways in which medieval children’s toys and games can be used to engage learners in thinking critically about archaeology, children, and the past. It will examine the use of experimental archaeology projects with undergraduate students, involving the production of toys and games. In particular, this project aims to assess the character of research questions, hypotheses, and experiments developed by students tasked with researching medieval children through material culture and actualistic experiments.
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Making medieval toys: Using experimental archaeology to engage students in academic enquiry. Erin Halstad McGuire. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 403761)
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