Do 29.09.2016 10:00 – Fr 30.09.2016 15:00
Workshop Schüttkasten Klement, Klement 1, 2116 Ernstbrunn, Austria
Katharina Rebay-Salisbury, Peter C. Ramsl
Multiple femininities – multiple masculinities
the diversity of gendered identities in the Bronze and Iron Ages
The archaeology of personal identities has firmly established age, gender and status as relevant categories of investigation. Beyond the recognition that not all women and men led identical lives, however, there has been little effort to unravel the diversity of gendered lives. Women’s lives may have differed significantly according to their reproductive status – whether they were infertile, had few or many surviving children. Craft specialists of both genders may have led lives that took them away from their communities and brought them into contact with different ways of living. Similarly, medical or ritual specialists of both genders may be integral to many societies. Further, the mechanisms by which men turned into warriors are still little understood – was being a warrior part of every man’s lifecycle, was this particular identity restricted to a certain age group or class, or were other selection mechanisms at play? Some aspects of personal identity may not be gendered at all. Was gender relevant for making pots or taking care of children?