Women in prehistory: North America and Mesoamerica

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Cheryl Claassen, Rosemary A. Joyce
University of Pennsylvania Press, 1997 - Business & Economics - 300 pages
During the 1960s, scholars constructed a model of cultural evolution in which men cooperated in the hunting of big game while women gathered plant food, "immobilized" by pregnancy and childcare. The essays in Women in Prehistory challenge this model as they reconsider women's social and economic roles, exploring the archaeological record to better understand the actions and status of prehistoric women. The fascinating case studies described here range from the earliest Paleoindian people to the societies present at the time of European contact in North America, societies as rich and varied as Maya and Chumash, Iroquois and Zapotec.

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Ethnoarchaeological Lessons from
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Womens Work Womens Space and Womens Status
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Where Have All the Menstrual Huts Gone? The Invisibility
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