Ancient Queens: Archaeological Explorations (Gender and Archaeology Series, Volume 5)

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Ancient 'queenship' is a fascinating subject but one which tends to involve a lot of assumption about the status and role of the queen in relation to the king. These ten essays, taken from a session at the American Anthropological Association, explore the nuances of female power as the head of hierarchical systems and asks whether gender really matters in discussions of rulership. Beyond examining the types of queens that existed, the contributors explore the role of gender through case studies that include single sites and single cultures and encompass both historical and archaeological queens. Case studies are taken from: the Scandinavian Viking Age, from Shang China, the Mesoamerican site of Monte Alban, Egypt, the Silla kingdom in the southeastern Korean peninsula, Peru, the Valley of Mexico, Mongolia and western Sumatra.
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These ten essays... explore the nuances of female power as the head of heirarchical systems and asks whether gender really matters in discussions of rulership.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780759103450
  • Publisher: AltaMira Press
  • Publication date: 7/15/2003
  • Series: Gender and Archaeology Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah Milledge Nelson is John Evans Professor of Archaeology at the University of Denver, where she is faculty in the Anthropology Department and Director of Asian Studies. Some recent books include The Archaeology of Korea (1993), The Archaeology of Northeast China (ed.)(1995), and Gender in Archaeology (1997) which won the Choice Outstanding Academic Book Award.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Chapter One: Ancient Queens: An Introduction Part 2 Chapter Two: A Reigning Viking Queen, or the Wife of a King Only? Part 3 Chapter Three: Questioning a Queen? A Gender-Informed Evaluation of Monte Alban's Tomb 7 Part 4 Chapter Four: Many Wives, One Queen in Shang China Part 5 Chapter Five: The Queens of Silla: Power and Connections to the Spirit World Part 6 Chapter Six: She for Whom All is Said and Done: The Ancient Egyptian Queen Part 7 Chapter Seven: Sacred Women in Ancient Peru Part 8 Chapter Eight: Ancient Queens of the Valley of Mexico Part 9 Chapter Nine: Katuns: The Mongolian Queens of the Genghis Khanite Part 10 Chapter Ten: The Divine Queens of Minangkabau Lore

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