Reading the Body: Representations and Remains in the Archaeological Record

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Classical and anthropological archaeologists share many of the same interests and confront many of the same problems studying extinct cultures. Despite differences in background and training, scholars in these disciplines are all engaged in analyzing and interpreting the archaeological record. Traditionally, however, there have been few opportunities for classical archaeologists and anthropologists to discuss mutually beneficial perspectives in method and theory. The study of gender and its representations ...

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Classical and anthropological archaeologists share many of the same interests and confront many of the same problems studying extinct cultures. Despite differences in background and training, scholars in these disciplines are all engaged in analyzing and interpreting the archaeological record. Traditionally, however, there have been few opportunities for classical archaeologists and anthropologists to discuss mutually beneficial perspectives in method and theory. The study of gender and its representations affords an opportunity for archaeologists and anthropologists to share information and increase our understanding of how people lived in the past. Reading the Body contains current anthropological and archaeological research about the body and the archaeological record-both physical remains and artistic representations-from sites all over the world ranging in time from the European Upper Paleolithic to the Pueblo societies of the recent past. Essay topics include the reconstruction of the lives of Etruscan women from skeletal remains, gender symbolism in Inuit burials, the erotic clothing of Crete's Minoan culture, and gender identities in Maya ceramic paintings.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780812235210
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1999
  • Series: Regendering the past Series
  • Pages: 283

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Alison E. Rautman teaches anthropology at Michigan State University.

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Table of Contents

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1 Introduction: Diverse Approaches to the Study of Gender in Archaeology 1
2 Writing the Body in Archaeology 13
I Reading the Body from Mortuary Remains
3 Sex, Health, and Gender Roles Among the Arikara of the Northern Plains 25
4 Labor Patterns in the Southern Levant in the Early Bronze Age 38
5 Reconstructing the Lives of South Etruscan Women 55
6 Gender in Inuit Burial Practices 68
7 The Status of Women in Predynastic Egypt as Revealed Through Mortuary Analysis 77
II Reading the Body from Representations of the Human Form
8 The Human Form in the Late Bronze Age Aegean 95
9 Deciphering Gender in Minoan Dress 111
10 Fear and Gender in Greek Art 124
11 Mississippian Weavers 132
12 Prehistoric and Ethnographic Pueblo Gender Roles: Continuity of Lifeways from the Eleventh to the Early Twentieth Century 139
13 And They Said, Let Us Make Gods in Our Image: Gendered Ideologies in Ancient Mesopotamia 150
14 Beyond Mother Earth and Father Sky: Sex and Gender in Ancient Southwestern Visual Arts 165
15 Father Earth, Mother Sky: Ancient Egyptian Beliefs About Conception and Fertility 187
16 Female Figurines in the European Upper Paleolithic: Politics and Bias in Archaeological Interpretation 202
References 215
List of Contributors 269
Index 271
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