NEA latest issue: Gender Archaeology

Near Eastern Archaeology

Near Eastern Archaeology, special issue, Volume 79, Issue 3, september 20161

  • Jane Peterson: Woman’s Share in Neolithic Society: A View from the Southern Levant

    Early farming groups set into motion substantial, even revolutionary, socioeconomic changes dur- ing the Pre-Pottery Neolithic period (ca. 10,500– 6,000 cal. b.c.e.) in the southern Levant of South- west Asia. Social organizational structures capable of addressing new opportunities and challenges would have been integral… ☛

  • Maria Mina: Was It a Man’s World? Gender Relationships at the Transition to the Bronze Age in Cyprus

    This article examines whether the apparently equitable gender relationships of the Chalcolithic period in Cyprus were replaced by gender in- equality in the Bronze Age. The discussion critiques the axioms … ☛

  • Aubrey Baadsgaard: All the Queens’ Clothes: Identifying Female Royalty at Early Dynastic Ur

    In spite of widespread recognition of the burial of high ranking individuals, including women, in the Early Dynastic Ur Royal Cemetery, ca. 2500 b.c.e., most of the details about the na- ture of their social position remain obscure. is article attempts to ll this gap by identi- fying the possible social roles of prominent females buried… ☛

  • Ilan Peled: Visualizing Masculinities: The Gala, Hegemony, and Mesopotamian Iconography

    This article examines the gender image of the Mesopotamian cult attendant known as gala (Sumerian) / kalû (Akkadian) against the background of the theory of hegemonic masculinity, putting an emphasis on visual representations as sources of information. The gala/kalû was a performer… ☛

  • Stephanie L. Budin: Reduced to Her Bare Essentials: Bronze Age Piriform Pendants in the Levant

    This article considers the symbolic mean- ings of the face, breasts, vulva, and branch images which typify the schematic piriform pendants which first emerged in Tell el- ‘Ajjul in the Late Bronze Age and spread through the Levant. In contrast to the usual hypotheses regarding fertility… ☛

  • Uroš Matić: Gender in Ancient Egypt Norms, Ambiguities, and Sensualities

    This article looks at new trends in the study of sex and gender in ancient Egypt, especially as in uenced by gender and queer theories… ☛

  • Jennie Ebeling: Engendering the Israelite Harvest

    It is commonly believed that women were the preparers of food and drink in the Iron Age (ca. 1200–586 b.c.e.) Israelite household while men were primarily responsible for agricultural field activities… ☛

  • Megan Cifarelli: Masculinities, and Militarization at Hasanlu, Iran: A View from the Burials

    The site of Hasanlu, Iran, is best known for its destruction around 800 b.c.e., likely at the hands of the Urartian army. The period preceding the destruction, Hasanlu IVb, was one of rapid change at the site, which was located at a point of conflict between… ☛

  • Mireia López-Bertran and Agnès Garcia-Ventura: The Use of Facial Characteristics as Engendering Strategies in Phoenician-Punic Studies

    Facial characteristics such as discs on cheeks or exaggerated chins have been traditionally used to interpret Phoenician-Punic materials as representing either females or males… ☛

  • Omar N’Shea: Royal Eunuchs and Elite Masculinity in the Neo-Assyrian Empire

    This article looks at the gender identity of eu- nuchs in the Neo-Assyrian Empire by exam- ining the letter corpus from the state archives and the extant images from the palace relief programs… ☛

  • Agnès Garcia-Ventura and Saana Svärd: Studying Gender in the Ancient Near East: First Steps and Future Prospects 2

    The Rencontre Assyriologique Internatio- nale held in Paris in 2009 enabled us to real- ize we both had a common interest: gender studies. This common interest materialized in a joint project we launched in 2012… ☛

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