A Free Lecture by Dr. Suzanne L. Eckert, Archaeologist and Head of Collections, Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona
Can’t we study archaeology without modern politics? Did people multi-task in the past? Woman the Hunter--what? How did people figure out how to domesticate plants? If there are only two sexes, then why is it important to identify third genders in the past? How much strength does it take to flint-knap? Is gender difference the same as gender inequality? Why are children and the elderly mostly invisible in archaeological research? Each of these questions can and has been addressed by feminist archaeology and an engendered archaeology. While some archaeologists would argue that feminist archaeology and an engendered archaeology are the same, other archaeologists have argued for a distinction between the two. Dr. Eckert will present her current perspective on this topic, discuss the feminist critique of archaeology, and consider how the study of gender provides for a richer understanding of the past. Along the way, she will provide examples from archaeological research around the world and anecdotes collected from her 20 years of struggling with this topic.