Mortality among institutionalised children during the Great Famine in Ireland: Bioarchaeological contextualisation ofnon-adult mortality rates in the KilkennyUnion Workhouse, 1846–1851

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Abstract

T. Over half of all victims of the Great Irish Famine (1845–1852) were children.Many of these deaths took place in the union workhouses: institutions of government poor relief which for many were the last resort in a desperate struggle to survive famine-induced conditions such as starvation and infectious disease. Archaeological excavations of a mass burial ground dating to 1847–1851 at the former workhouse in Kilkenny City have provided the opportunity to undertake a detailed interdisciplinary explorationof non-adult mortality in an Irish workhouse during the height of the Famine
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-126
JournalContinuity and Change
Volume31
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 May 2016

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