1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Gender Archaeology

Edited By Marianne Moen, Unn Pedersen Copyright 2025
    504 Pages 49 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume presents a comprehensive overview of gender archaeology, both theory and practice, and contributes a substantial and definitive reference work by bringing together state of the art research, theoretical overviews and the latest debates in the field.

    Responding to the shifts in the theoretical landscape and the societal and political frameworks within which we produce our knowledge, chapters create both a solid theoretical baseline which help readers grasp the significance of gender in archaeology, as well as offering perspectives on how to engender produced knowledge about the past. In line with recent focus on the shortcomings of gender and archaeological representation, chapters also detangle academic discourse and popular representations in order to present novel ways of successfully negotiating the pitfalls of gendered ideas about past behaviours. By encouraging novel ways of integrating theoretical perspectives with scrutiny of gender stereotypes, original empirical examinations of identity markers and behaviours, and re-examinations of static representations of identities through new lenses such as intersectional perspectives, personhood and materiality debates, the volume is theoretically rich, and will simultaneously provide a necessary benchmark for future archaeological discourses. Finally, it will incorporate perspectives from researchers with diverse backgrounds and viewpoints to provide a truly comprehensive overview. It will not shy away from engaging with politically contentious issues surrounding knowledge production but will include perspectives from researchers whose focus is less on feminist critiques and more on gender and identities. Thus, the volume bridges the two most prominent directions currently discernible within the focus area; namely feminist re-examinations on the one hand and research focused more on bodily practice and gendered experiences on the other.

    The Routledge Handbook of Gender Archaeology is` an invaluable resource for students and researchers in gender archaeology as well as gender studies more widely.

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    List of contributors


    Introduction: framing the archaeology of gender

    1.     Framing gender in archaeology: snapshots from a vast and varied field, Marianne Moen and Unn Pedersen


    Section 1: Introducing feminist pedagogies, methodologies, and potentials


    2.     Feminist archaeological pedagogies, Hannah Cobb       

    3.     Feminist archaeology for the present: Maintenance activities and social caring, Laia Colomer, Paloma González-Marcén, and Marina Picazo

    4.     Posthumanist-feminist archaeology: A becoming, Rachel Crellin          

    5.     The influence of women and feminist thinking on the development of an ‘Emotional Archaeology’, Jane Eva Baxter   

    6.     Intersectional thinking in archaeological analysis, Anna S. Agbe-Davies

    7.     Gendered technology and technology that genders, Catherine J. Frieman         


    Section 2: Reviewing the impacts of feminist thought


    8.     Gender in the Middle Ages: Marginalisation and mainstreaming in Later Medieval Archaeology, Roberta Gilchrist and Karen Dempsey

    9.     The [Matthew] Matilda Effect in archaeology: Recovering women for the history of the discipline, Margarita Díaz-Andreu

    10.  Uncloaking non-male agency in rock art production and use, Kelley Hays-Gilpin and Linea Sundstrom

    11.  Gender, gender perspectives and the division of labour in the European Middle and Upper Palaeolithic, Jennifer C. French  

    12.  Gender in the European Bronze Age: Rethinking the universal binary in Northern Europe, Mark Haughton


    Section 3: Marking identities and personhood in life and death


    13.  Intersections between gender, personhood and kinship, Chris Fowler

    14.  The construction, performance, and effects of gender: Reflection on the evidence from prehistoric burials, Marie Louise Stig Sørensen

    15.  Broken bodies: Gender, fragmentation, and social transformation in prehistoric Cyprus, Diane Bolger      

    16.  Memory and temporality: A Viking Age example, Elisabeth Arwill-Nordbladh


    Section 4: Addressing marginalisation through feminist views


    17.  Archaeological approaches to gendered institutions: Tracing continuities in pre- and post-independence Ireland, Laura McAtackney      

    18.  From landscapes to kinscapes: Engendering Métis relations, Dawn Wambold and Kisha Supernant

    19.  Gender, intersectionality, and restitutive justice, Dawn M. Rutecki and K. Anne Pyburn

    20.  Indigenous futures in archaeology, Kristen D. Barnett


    Section  5: Envisaging gendered lives


    21.  Gender and the archaeological sciences: Gender, mobility and kinship in European prehistory, Penny Bickle

    22.  Caring for the house and the community: Women’s agency in western Sicily, 8th – 5th century BC, Meritxell Ferrer 

    23.  Imagining and gendering the past: Public Outreach as a Research Method, Unn Pedersen and Elna Siv Kristoffersen         

    24.  The archaeology of motherhood, Katharina Rebay-Salisbury

    25.  Other pasts: Feminist archaeology, maintenance activities, and reconceptualization, Sandra Montón-Subías


    Section 6: Bodies, politics and feminist rethinkings


    26.  The skeletal body as archaeology: Osteological sex and gender archaeology, Taylor Peacock

    27.  Bodies past and present: The political side of embodied approaches to Viking Age lives, Marianne Moen 

    28.  Merely Naturecultural: Notes on Ontology of Sex/Gender in Ancient Egypt, Uros Matic






    Marianne Moen is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Museum of Cultural History, Oslo, Norway.

    Unn Pedersen is an Associate Professor at the University of Oslo, Norway.