The Use of Space in a Gender Study of two South African Stone Age Sites

  • Lynn Wadley
Part of the Studies in Gender and Material Culture book series (SGMC)


Archaeological literature abounds with uncritical assumptions about the gendered division of labour in the Stone Age: for example, Man-the-Hunter, Toolmaker or Artist, and Woman the Gatherer and Artist’s Model. In such gender studies there is a tendency to universalize men and women’s experiences (Handsman, 1991; Conkey, 1993). Thus, gender studies per se are not new and have not rendered any radical changes to archaeological interpretations (Hanen and Kelley, 1992; Conkey, 1993). Even placing the emphasis on women’s roles in prehistory need not alter the situation because women’s studies are not inherently feminist (Conkey, 1993), and may do women injustice by homogenizing and fossilizing their experiences.


Aggregation Camp Aggregation Site Gender Division Bone Point Ostrich Eggshell 
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