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Gender and Archaeology
Contesting the Past

ISBN 9780415216005
Published December 2, 1999 by Routledge
208 Pages

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Book Description

Gender and Archaeology is the first volume to critically review the development of this now key topic internationally, across a range of periods and material culture. ^l Roberta Gilchrist explores the significance of the feminist epistemologies. She shows the unique perspective that gender archaeology can bring to bear on issues such as division of labour and the life course. She examines issues of sexuality, and the embodiment of sexual identity. A substantial case study of gender space and metaphor in the medieval English castle is used to draw together and illustrate these issues.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Gender archaeology; Chapter 2 Strange bedfellows; Chapter 3 Gendered hierarchies?; Chapter 4 Experiencing gender; Chapter 5 Performing the past; Chapter 6 The contested garden; Chapter 7 Coda;

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Professor of Archaeology at the University of Reading, and Archaeologist to Norwich Cathedral. She has published extensively on both gender and medieval archaeology, including Gender and Material Culture: The Archaeology of Religious Women (Routledge 1994).


'Gender Archaeology is exhaustive, reader friendly, seminal and scholarly work that will be much appreciated by students of feminist studies, archaeology, history, and philosophy.' - Wisconsin Bookwatch