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    Women in Prehistory: North America and Mesoamerica (Regendering the Past) (Paperback) By (author) Cheryl Claassen, Edited by Cheryl Claassen, Edited by Rosemary A. Joyce

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    DescriptionDuring the 1960s, in such works as Man the Hunter, scholars constructed a model of cultural evolution in which men were characterized as "cooperative hunters of big game." Women fit neatly into this model, such books as Woman the Gatherer explained, as gatherers of plant food. In spite of evidence of hunting by women, this model-which incorporated the unexamined assumption that women in prehistory were "immobilized" by pregnancy, lactation, and child care and therefore needed to be left at a home base-came to dominate archaeological interpretation of the economic roles of men and women. Women in Prehistory challenges this model and undertakes an examination of the archaeological record informed by insights into the cultural construction of gender that have emerged from scholarship in history, anthropology, biology, and related disciplines. Along with analysis of burial assemblages and of representations of gendered individuals, contributors study bone chemistry, assessment of skeletal pathologies, micro- and macro-scale distributional evidence, as well as analogical arguments from ethnoarchaeology and ethnohistory to discuss pottery, shell matrix sites, skeletal material, the domestic setting, and spinning.

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    Women in Prehistory
    North America and Mesoamerica
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Cheryl Claassen, Edited by Cheryl Claassen, Edited by Rosemary A. Joyce
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 517 g
    ISBN 13: 9780812216028
    ISBN 10: 0812216024

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLC
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    B&T General Subject: 750
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    BISAC V2.8: BUS022000, SOC002000
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    DC20: 305.4097
    LC classification: 96034559
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    DC22: 330.97/0011/082
    LC classification: E98.W8 W6573 1997
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    Thema V1.0: JBSF1, JHM, NKD, NHKA
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    University of Pennsylvania Press
    Imprint name
    University of Pennsylvania Press
    Publication date
    01 January 1997
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    Author Information
    Contributors include Jeffrey Bendremer, Hetty Jo Brumbach, Patricia Galloway, Susan Gillespie, Byron Hamann, Julia Hendon, Sandra Hollimon, Robert Jarvenpa, Lyle Koehler, Richard Lesure, Susan Prezzano, Alison Rautman, Mary Beth Williams, Diane Wilson, and the editors. Cheryl Claassen is Professor of Anthropology at Appalachian State University in North Carolina and is the editor of Women in Archaeology, also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press. Rosemary A. Joyce is Director of the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Museum of Anthropology and Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. Joyce is coeditor, with Susan D. Gillespie, of Beyond Kinship: Social and Material Reproduction in House Societies, also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.