The Archaeology of Gender

Separating the Spheres in Urban America

  • Diana diZerega Wall

Part of the Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology book series (IDCA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
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    Pages 37-59
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  10. Back Matter
    Pages 165-241

About this book


Historical archaeologists often become so involved in their potsherd patterns they seldom have time or energy left to address the broader processes responsi­ ble for the material culture patterns they recognize. Some ofus haveurged our colleagues to use the historical record as a springboard from which to launch hypotheses with which to better understand the behavioral and cultural pro­ cesses responsible for the archaeological record. Toooften, this urging has re­ sulted in reports designed like a sandwich, having a slice of "historical back­ ground," followed by a totally different "archaeological record," and closed with a weevil-ridden slice of "interpretation" of questionable nutritive value for understanding the past. The reader is often left to wonder what the archae­ ological meat had to do with either slice of bread, since the connection be­ tween the documented history and the material culture is left to the reader's imagination, and the connection between the interpretation and the other disparate parts is tenuous at best. The plethora of stale archaeological sandwiches in the literature has re­ sulted at the methodological level from a too-narrow focus on the specific history and archaeology ofa site and the individuals involvedon it, rather than a focus on the explanation of broader processes of culture to which the actors and events at the site-specific level responded.


Gender archaeology material culture

Authors and affiliations

  • Diana diZerega Wall
    • 1
  1. 1.The City College of the City University of New YorkNew YorkUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1994
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4899-1212-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-1210-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1568-2722
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