Archive | October, 2011

Exiled Mothers Visited Their Children

2 Oct

I think I’ve mentioned before how much I adore archaeology for telling the story of people that history often forgets.  An article that I came across today really exemplifies that: A Human Face To the Convict Past of Australia.

Female criminals are rarely talked about in history, probably at least in part because of the idea that women can’t be criminals, that crime is the province of men.  (That’s why we’re all so shocked when women do horribly criminal things, isn’t it?) But women have been criminals, and an important question to ask when any sort of social punishment is involved is: what then happens to their children? Continue reading