Studies of gender in the prehispanic Americas

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In the past ten years archaeologists have produced a vast literature on the study of gender in the prehispanic New World. This review defines key concepts, identifies three major themes within this tradition - gender in native cosmologies, intersections of gender and the body, and studies of work and specialization - and explores the significant contributions of engendered archaeology to the broader field. Final suggestions for linkages with queer studies and indigenous feminism point the way to where this field might develop productive new avenues of research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-35
Number of pages35
JournalJournal of Archaeological Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2008


  • Americas
  • Gender
  • Identity
  • Prehispanic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology
  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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