Domesticating gender: Neolithic patterns from the southern Levant

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Journal of Anthropological Archaeology


This paper examines the extant evidence regarding gender reconstructions and relations for the Neolithic of the southern Levant of southwest Asia. Data from human skeletal remains, mortuary contexts, architecture, and figurative art provide the empirical bases for a broad assessment of gender in the realms of productive labor, social organization, and ideology. Overall, little evidence is found to support that Neolithic societies in this region were organized hierarchically in terms of gender.


Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, Volume 29, Issue 3, pp 249-264 (September 2010). DOI: 10.1016/j.jaa.2010.03.002