This Reader in Gender Archaeology presents nineteen current, controversial and highly influential articles which confront and illuminate issues of gender in prehistory. The question of gender difference and whether it is natural or culturally constructed is a compelling one. The articles here, which draw on evidence from a wide range of geographic areas, demonstrate how all archaeological investigation can benefit from an awareness of issues of gender. They also show how the long-term nature of archaeological research can inform the gender debate across the disciplines. The volume:
* organizes this complex area into seven sections on key themes in gender archaeology: archaeological method and theory, human origins, division of labour, the social construction of gender, iconography and ideology, power and social hierarchies and new forms of archaeological narrative
* includes section introductions which outline the history of research on each topic and present the key points of each article
* presents a balance of material which rewrites women into prehistory, and articles which show how the concept of gender informs our understanding and interpretation of the past.
Table of Contents
Preface. Acknowledgements. List of Contributors
Part I: Sex, Gender and Archaeology
Part II: Human Origins
Part III: Identifying 'Sexual' Divisions of Labour
Part IV: From Sexual Divisions to Gender Dynamics
Part V: Gender Iconography and Ideology
Part VI: Power and Social Hierarchies
Part VII: New Narratives, New Visions
Kelley Hays-Gilpin is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Northern Arizona University. David S. Whitley is the US representative of ICOMOS and lectures at UCLA.