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From Invisible to Visible: New Data and Methods for the Archaeology of Infant and Child Burials in pre-Roman Italy

an international conference to be held at Trinity College Dublin on 24-25 April 2017

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The Department of Classics at Trinity College Dublin is pleased to announce the international conference ‘From invisible to visible: new data and methods for the archaeology of infant and child burials in pre-Roman Italy’ to be held at Trinity College Dublin on 24-25 April 2017, with the support of the Trinity Long Room Hub, the School of Histories and Humanities, the Italian Cultural Institute in Dublin and Fàilte Ireland, and in collaboration with the Centre for Gender and Women's Studies and the Trinity Research in Childhood Centre. This conference is part of the research project “Childhood and the Deathly Hallows: Investigating Infant and Child Burials in Pre-Roman Italy (c. 1000-500BC)”, funded by the Irish Research Council and carried out by Prof. Hazel Dodge and Dr. Jacopo Tabolli.

On the basis that an infant and child tomb is itself an archaeological entity, whose analysis cuts across disciplines - mainly archaeology, bio-archaeology and anthropology, but also philology, ancient literature, gender studies, pedagogy, medical humanities and digital humanities - and in order to promote an interdisciplinary approach, the conference at Trinity College Dublin involves scholars from international institutions, experienced in interdisciplinary methods, in order to create a network specifically focused on the analysis of childhood in ancient societies. The role of this network is to function as an interdisciplinary incubator, offering a platform for dialogue between disciplines around infant and child burials.

We have invited scholars working on the archaeology of Italy from the Early Iron Age through the Archaic Period (c. 1000–500 BC) to present the results of their recent researches on the topic of infant and child burials.

We envision that this platform can be a model for other archaeological studies in the future as well as ideal for developing a new methodological approach to the excavation of infant and child tombs, following best practices in archaeology.


Publication plan

The prestigious series of Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology (SIMA) has already agreed to publish the proceedings of the conference.

For further information please email Jacopo Tabolli ( or Hazel Dodge (

The conference is funded by the following institutions:

Last updated 24 April 2017