Ancient Bodies Ancient Lives Sex, Gender, and Archaeology

ISBN-10: 0500287279
ISBN-13: 9780500287279
Edition: 2008
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Description: A compelling examination of gender, sexuality, and the family in ancient societies. What was it like to be a woman in prehistoric times? Did the sexual identities and gender roles found in modern society exist hundreds of thousands of years ago?  More...

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Book details

List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Publication date: 3/16/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 152
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

A compelling examination of gender, sexuality, and the family in ancient societies. What was it like to be a woman in prehistoric times? Did the sexual identities and gender roles found in modern society exist hundreds of thousands of years ago? Were age and other social distinctions as important then as now? And how can we ever hope to know, when little evidence survives except for fragments of bone, pottery, and jewelry? Rosemary Joyce draws on a wealth of recent studies that reveal the history of sexual identities to be a diverse and compelling one, offering profound challenges to modern stereotypes and assumptions. 35 illustrations.

Rosemary A. Joyce is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, and a former museum director and curator at Harvard University and UC Berkeley. She has conducted archaeological fieldwork in Honduras since 1977 and her books include Gender and Power in Prehispanic America, The Languages of Archaeology, Embodied Lives, and Ancient Bodies, Ancient Lives.

Introduction
Ways of knowing the past
Goddesses, matriarchs, and manly-hearted women: Troubling categorical approaches to gender
Amazons, queens, and sequestered women: Gender and hierarchy
Sensuous figures, celibates, and sex-workers: Thinking about sex in the past
Living as men and women
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Picture Credits
Index

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