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Archaeology and Women
Sue Hamilton (Editor); Ruth D. Whitehouse (Editor); Katherine I. Wright (Editor)
416 pp. / 6.00 x 9.00 / Jul, 2006
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This publication draws together from a variety of angles work currently being done within a contemporary framework on women in archaeology. One section of this collection of original articles
"Whether or not one is already conversant with feminist scholarship, gender studies, and the study of women in antiquity, these articles present a superb opportunity to look at interesting ways of studying gender and women… Arguably, its most important contribution is that Archaeology and Women makes it clear the fact that the study of women in the past is irrevocably tied to the status of women in the profession today... Authors and editors alike are to be commended for this excellent volume."

- Beth Alpert Nakhai, Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research

"This text provides a new direction in understanding the role of women as both professionals within anthropology and as subjects of study in archaeology. Beyond the archaeological interpretations, this text also offers a window into the experiences and roles of professional women archaeologists both in the past and today, to understand how the trends in the anthropological discourse have managed to circumvent female interpreters. Through their theoretical rethinking which is juxtaposed with empirical studies, the positioning of women as subjects of study as well as in the current picture of professional archaeology offers the practising archaeologist (and student) new ways to envision the future of archaeology."

- Pamela K. Stone, International Journal of Osteoarchaeology

"Historians of archaeology will find the papers on the work of Winifred Lamb, Marija Gimbutas, and the three women excavators of El-Wad Cave in 1929 useful. Valuable for college and university libraries supporting degree programs in anthropology, archaeology, museum studies, and women's studies. Summing up: Recommended. "

- R.B.M. Ridinger, CHOICE

"The three editors (women from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London) present 17 essays dealing with issues of modern female archaeologists as well as archaeological discourse on women in antiquity. Topics include whether gender archaeology and archaeology of women should both be studied, the women excavators of El-Wad Cave in Palestine, women and the emergence of urban society in Mesopotamia, and what asexual figurines in the Neolithic period in the Aegean represented in comparison to those with a distinguishable gender."

- Book News Inc.

addresses the historical and contemporary roles of women in the discipline. Another attempts to link contemporary archaeological theory and practice to work on women and gender in other fields. Finally, this volume presents a wide diversity of theoretical approaches and methods of study of women in the ancient world, representing a cross section of work being carried out today under the broad banner of gender archaeology. The geographical and chronological range of these papers is also intentionally wide, from Southeast Asia and South America to Western Asia, Egypt and Europe, from Great Britain to Greece, and from 10,000 years ago to the recent past. An ideal sampler for courses dealing with women and archaeology.

This title is sponsored by Institute of Archaeology, University College London.

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