Gender Archaeology: Women Uncovering Women's Prehistory
|When:||March 7, 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM Add to Calendar|
|Tagged:||Women's History Month|
Ms. Stacy Dunn, History, Anthropology, & World Languages Dept.
Archaeology is the study of human behavior and cultural change in the past. For most of its existence as a discipline, however, there has been a strong bias towards the studying “man” rather than “humans.” Archaeology has in fact been a primarily male-dominated field focusing on the actions of ancient man. Even today, archaeology is the last subfield of anthropology to narrow the gender gap; the majority of university appointments and contract positions are filled by men, and school curricula list courses with titles like “Man Before History.” In this talk, I will discuss some of the earliest female archaeologists who contributed significantly to our understanding of the ancient world. These women had to overcome the challenges of excavating in countries where traditional societies did not generally permit women to have leadership or public roles, during times when there were few educational opportunities or careers open to them. In addition, we will examine how the introduction of gendered and feminist perspectives into anthropological theory has enabled archaeologists to recognize the importance of women in the ancient world, providing a more complete understanding of our human past.