This panel welcomes papers from scholars who are attempting to develop original archaeological and anthropological approaches to the study of family, kinship and relationships. Interdisciplinary, and new theoretical models are welcome!
Archaeological studies of kinship have been scarce in recent scholarship and social archaeological studies have focused on household, gender, age and individuality often without considering the mechanisms through which these social identities are constructed. This is at least in part due to the uncomfortable relationship between archaeological data and anthropological terminology. The purpose of this panel is to begin to readdress this balance and papers are welcomed form scholars who are attempting to develop original archaeological approaches to the study of family, kinship and relationships using an interdisciplinary methodology. New theoretical models are welcome and it is envisaged they may include the interaction of adults and children, gender groups, people at different stages of the lifecycles as well as localised and distant kinship relationships in complex, tribal and clan based societies.