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Invisible Sex Uncovering the True Roles of Women in Prehistory

ISBN-10: 0061170917
ISBN-13: 9780061170911
Edition: 2007
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Description: Shaped by cartoons and museum dioramas, our vision of Paleolithic times tends to feature fur-clad male hunters fearlessly attacking mammoths while timid women hover fearfully behind a boulder. In fact, recent research has shown that this vision  More...

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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 2/6/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100

Shaped by cartoons and museum dioramas, our vision of Paleolithic times tends to feature fur-clad male hunters fearlessly attacking mammoths while timid women hover fearfully behind a boulder. In fact, recent research has shown that this vision bears little relation to reality. The field of archaeology has changed dramatically in the past two decades, as women have challenged their male colleagues' exclusive focus on hard artifacts such as spear points rather than tougher to find evidence of women's work. J. M. Adovasio and Olga Soffer are two of the world's leading experts on perishable artifacts such as basketry, cordage, and weaving. In The Invisible Sex, the authors present an exciting new look at prehistory, arguing that women invented all kinds of critical materials, including the clothing necessary for life in colder climates, the ropes used to make rafts that enabled long-distance travel by water, and nets used for communal hunting. Even more important, women played a central role in the development of language and social life-in short, in our becoming human. In this eye-opening book, a new story about women in prehistory emerges with provocative implications for our assumptions about gender today.

J. M. Adovasio, Ph.D., is the Provost of Mercyhurst College, Dean of Mercyhurstrsquo;s Zurn School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and founder and director of the Mercyhurst Archaeological Institute in Erie, Pennsylvania. He is co-author of The Invisible Sex (with Olga Soffer and Jake Page) and of The First Americans (with Jake Page). Adovasio is internationally recognized as an expert on ancient basketry and for his excavation of Meadowcroft Rockshelter, an archaeological site in Pennsylvania that revolutionized ideas of human settlement in the Americas.  

Jake Page has been editor of Natural History magazine and science editor of Smithsonian magazine. He lives in Corrales, New Mexico.

The Beginnings
The Stories We Have Been Told
Origins
The Importance of Being Upright
Who Brought Home the Bacon?
Gray Matter and Language
The Road to Thoroughly Modern Millie
Leaving the African Cradle
Almost Altogether Truly Modern Humans
The Fashioning of Women
Peopling the World
Cakes, Fish, and Matrilineality
Seamstresses of the Far North
Settling Down in America
The Agricultural Evolution
Conclusion: Not Invisible After All

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