Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory

, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp 112–131 | Cite as

Playing with Flint: Tracing a Child’s Imitation of Adult Work in a Lithic Assemblage

  • Anders Högberg


This paper examines the potential for identifying play and children’s imitation in the archaeological record and reviews cultural constructions of play and cross-cultural behaviour. A case study, using a lithic assemblage from a discrete knapping area for Scandinavian Neolithic axe production in Southern Sweden which identifies a child’s activity area, is discussed. The theoretical and methodological assumptions behind play, imitation and its identification as well as its social implications are also examined.


Lithic technology Child archaeology Play Sweden 



This text is based on a previously published study (Högberg 1999), although here set in a new, different and developed theoretical and methodological framework. Thanks to Nyree Finlay, Department of Archaeology, University of Glasgow, Mikkel Sørensen, SILA National Museum in Copenhagen; Deborah Olausson, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Lund; Jan Apel, Societas Archaeologica Upsaliensis and Elisabeth Rudebeck, Malmö Heritage.


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  1. 1.Malmö HeritageMalmöSweden

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