Gender and the Archaeology of Death

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Bettina Arnold, Nancy L. Wicker
Rowman Altamira, 2001 - Social Science - 203 pages
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Burials are places where archaeologists reasonably expect gendered ideologies and practices to play out in the archaeological record. Yet only modest progress has been made in teasing out gender from these mortuary contexts. In this volume, methods for doing so are presented, cases of successful gender theorizing from mortuary data presented, and comparisons made between European and Americanist traditions in this kind of work. Cases are broad in temporal and geographic scope--from Inuit burials in Alaska and Oneota mortuary rituals to Viking Scandinavia, Neolithic China and Iron Age Britain. Methods for identifying and analyzing gender are suggested for cultures at various levels of social complexity with or without documentary or ethnoarchaeological evidence to assist in the analysis. A volume of great interest for those attempting to develop an archaeology of gender. Visit Bettina Arnold's web page
 

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Contents

Killing the Female? Archaeological Narratives of Infanticide
3
Life Death and the Longhouse A Gendered View of Oneota Social Organization
23
Gender Studies in Chinese Neolithic Archaeology
51
Gender and Power
63
Visible Women Made Invisible Interpreting Varangian Women in Old Russia
65
The Position of Iron Age Scandinavian Women Evidence from Graves and Rune Stones
81
Gender Roles and the Ambiguity of Signification
103
Gender and Mortuary Analysis What Can Grave Goods Really Tell Us?
105
Sharing the Load Gender and Task Division at the Windover Site
119
Grave Goods Do Not a Gender Make A Case Study from Singen am Hohentwiel Germany
137
Weapons Women Warriors
157
Decoding the Gender Bias Inferences of Atlatls in Female Mortuary Contexts
159
Warfare and Gender in the Northern Plains Osteological Evidence of Trauma Reconsidered
179
Index
195
About the Contributors
201
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Bettina Arnold teaches anthropology at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and Nancy L. Wicker is in the Art Department at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

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