Women in Antiquity: Theoretical Approaches to Gender and Archaeology

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Rowman Altamira, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 311 pages
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Archaeology is one of our most powerful sources of new information about the past, about the lives of our ancient and not-so-ancient ancestors. The contributors to Women in Antiquity consider the theoretical problems involved in discerning what the archaeological evidence tells us about gender roles in antiquity. The book includes chapters on the history of gender research, historical texts, mortuary analysis, household remains, hierarchy, and ethnoarchaeology, with each chapter teasing out the inherent difficulty in interpreting ancient evidence as well as the promise of new understanding. Women in Antiquity offers a fresh, accessible account of how we might grasp the ways in which sexual roles and identities shaped the past.
 

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Contents

Methods in Feminist and Gender Archaeology A Feeling for Differenceand Likeness
1
Feminist Theory and Gender Research in Historical Archaeology
29
Gender Things and Material Culture
75
Gender and Archaeological Mortuary Analysis
107
The Engendered Household
141
Gender and Landscapes
169
Gender Heterarchy and Hierarchy
189
Gender and Ethnoarchaeology
217
Feminist Gender Research in Classical Archaeology
265
Index
301
About the Contributors
309
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About the author (2007)

Sarah Milledge Nelson is the John Evans Professor of Archaeology at the University of Denver. She edited theHandbook of Gender in Archaology, from which this text is adapted.

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