Ungendering Archaeology: Concepts of Sex and Gender in Figurine Studies in Prehistory

  • Naomi Hamilton
Part of the Studies in Gender and Material Culture book series (SGMC)


This chapter is concerned with the interpretation of prehistoric anthropomorphic figurines from eastern Europe and the Near East, and a methodology which classifies figures primarily by sex and then translates sex into stereotyped Western gender roles which may have no relevance to prehistory. The study of figurines is one of the few ways in which attempts have been made to address the roles of women in the past, but the discussion which has taken place demonstrates the need for a theory of gender and gender relations to support these attempts. Here I will examine some problems with traditional studies and their underlying ideologies, and will suggest other approaches which may be more enlightening.


Gender Role Gender Relation Gender Ideology Female Figure Small Breast 
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