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Status, age and gender have long been accepted aspects of archaeological enquiry, yet it is only recently that archaeologists have started seriously to consider the role of sex and sexuality in their studies.
Archaeologies of Sexuality is a timely and pioneering work. It presents a strong, diverse body of scholarship which draws on locations as varied as medieval England, the ancient Maya kingdoms, New Kingdom Egypt, prehistoric Europe, and convict-era Australia, demonstrating the challenges and rewards of integrating the study of sex and sexuality within archaeology.
This volume, with contributions by many leading archaeologists, will serve both as an essential introduction and a valuable reference tool for students and academics.
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|Ch. 1||Archaeologies of sexuality: an introduction||1|
|Ch. 2||Colonial sex: archaeology, structured space, and sexuality in Alta California's Spanish-colonial missions||35|
|Ch. 3||Sites, settlements, and urban sex: archaeology and the study of gay leathermen in San Francisco, 1955-1995||62|
|Ch. 4||Unsexing the body: the interior sexuality of medieval religious women||89|
|Ch. 5||The site of sexuality: William Beckford's Fonthill Abbey, 1780-1824||104|
|Ch. 6||Mary Ann Hall's first-class house: the archaeology of a capital brothel||117|
|Ch. 7||Magical passions: sexuality and African-American archaeology||129|
|Ch. 8||Bulldaggers and gentle ladies: archaeological approaches to female homosexuality in convict-era Australia||143|
|Ch. 9||Red light voices: an archaeological drama of late nineteenth-century prostitution||160|
|Ch. 10||Archaeology of the 'AQI: gender and sexuality in prehistoric Chumash society||179|
|Ch. 11||Searching for third genders: towards a prehistory of domestic space in Middle Missouri villages||197|
|Ch. 12||Shamans and northern cosmology: the direct historical approach to Mesolithic sexuality||220|
|Ch. 13||Constructing utopian sexualities: the archaeology and architecture of the early Soviet State||236|
|Ch. 14||Re-em(bed)ding sex: domesticity, sexuality, and ritual in New Kingdom Egypt||253|
|Ch. 15||A precolumbian gaze: male sexuality among the ancient Maya||263|
|Ch. 16||Meanwhile, back at the village: derating the archaeologies of sexuality||287|