Archaeologies of Gender and Violence [Paperback]

Bo Jensen (Editor); Uroš Matić (Editor)

ISBN: 9781785706882 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Year of Publication: 2017 | Language: English 252p, H240 x W170 (mm) b/w and colour

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Archaeologies of Gender and Violence


Uroš Matić and Bo Jensen have brought together a team of both young and senior researches from many different countries in this first volume that aims to explore the complex intersection between archaeology, gender and violence. Papers range from theoretical discussions on previous approaches to gender and violence and the ethical necessity to address these questions today, to case studies dealing on gender and violence from prehistoric to early medieval Europe, but also including studies on ancient Egypt, Persia and Peru. The contributors deal both with representations of violence and its gendered background in images and text, and with bioarchaeological evidence for violence and trauma with a gendered background. The volume is rich both in examples and approaches and includes opening and closing chapters by senior scholars in the field assessing the current state of work and addressing the scholarship to continue on the line of this volume.

Table of Contents

Uroš Matić and Bo Jensen
1. Introduction: Why do we need archaeologies of gender and violence, and why now?
Bo Jensen and Uroš Matić
2.  Revisiting the myth of matriarchy”, rethinking determinism, seeing anew  
Stephanie Koerner
3. The honoured and the sacrificed? Gender and violence at a sanctuary of the late 3rd millennium BC in Central Germany
André Spatzier, with anthropological analyses by Marcus Stecher and Kurt W. Alt
4. The role of violence in the construction of prehistoric masculinities
Lisbeth Skogstrand
5. “Her striking but cold beauty”: Gender and violence in depictions of Queen Nefertiti smiting the enemies
Uroš Matić
6. Les demoiselles d’Entremont: Violence, gender and headhunting in Iron Age Europe
Ian Armit
7. Violence against women in Graeco-Roman Egypt: the contribution of Demotic documents
Christine Hue-Arcé
8. Death and the maiden: Late antique images of nubile females as agents and victims of lethal violence
Susanne Moraw
9. Heaven for me, hell for the “others”: An agenda on sex and body from Sasanid Persia
Maryam Dezhamkhooy and Leila Papoli Yazdi
10. Skull-cups and snake-pits: Men’s revenge and women’s revenge in Viking Age Scandinavia
Bo Jensen
11. The weapons make the man? A re-analysis of Early Anglo-Saxon weapon burial and interpretation
Laura M. Whitehouse
12. Gender and structural violence in Prehistoric Peru
Julie Farnum
13. Gender and violence in archaeology: Final commentary
Louise Hitchcock

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