Archaeologies of Social Life: Age, Sex, Class Etcetra in Ancient Egypt / Edition 1

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It is rare to find social archaeology and theory applied to the prehistory of Egypt. Lynn Meskell takes a 'third wave feminist approach' to the everyday life of ancient Egyptians, focusing primarily on social relations, identity and the self, age, sex, class and ethnic distinctions. She takes as her case study the village of Deir el Medina (c.1500-1100 BC) and the community of royal workmen, architects and household servants, which inhabited it. The result is an archaeology and history of individuals, reached through social theory and archaeological evidence.
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"The book will be of particular interest to students and scholars of social anthropology, although chapters focussing on Deir el Medineh will interest Egyptologists as well." Religious Studies Review

"[T]his study is a welcome addition to archeological research which employs various theories in order to present more data from an ancient, long-gone past." Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631212997
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/24/2008
  • Series: Social Archaeology Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynn Meskell is Assistant Professor in the department of Anthropology at Columbia University. She was previously a research fellow at New College, Oxford. Her publications include Archaeology Under Fire: Nationalism, Politics and Heritage in the eastern Mediterranean and Middle East (1998) and a forthcoming volume with Dominic Montserrat, Private Life in New Kingdom Egypt.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures.



1. Individuals, Selves and Bodies.

2. Feminisms, Gender Trouble and Sexuality.

3. Body and Soul in the Archaeology of Egypt.

4. Mapping Age, Sex and Class at Deir el Medina.

5. Accessing Individuals at Deir el Medina.





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