The archaeology of women and gender relations

Published: 5/4/13

The analysis of the archeology of women and gender relations during Late Prehistory in the south of Iberian Peninsula pretends to include in the historic discourses about past societies two basic and traditionally marginalised matters, in one hand the participation of women in the organisation and progress of social groups and, on the other hand, the relevance of gender relations in the regulation and structuring of these groups. In other to do that two research strategies have been chosen:

In one hand the study of the body and the material culture associated through the archaeological record. The so-called “Archaeology of the body” has shown the relevance of the study of the body as a site of lived experiences. In this sense, it has aligned with the phenomenology and with feminist theory. Our main goal with this perspective is the analysis of women’s bodies buried in order to understand how they experience the world through their lives.

On the other hand we are especially interested in analising the work and technologies historically associated to women through the concept of maintenance activities. Maintenance activities encompass a set of practices that involve the sustenance, welfare and effective reproduction of all the members of a social group. These comprise the basic tasks of daily life that regulate and stabilize social life.

During the last years several monographs, book´s chapters and papers have been published on this issue (see the publication´s section), we have organised conferences, seminars and courses (i.e. Arqueología y mujeres) and some talks for the general public have been made in order to disseminate the knowledge as part of a responsible and compromised research.

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