Archaeology and Gender in Europe

Welcome to the website of the working party Archaeology and Gender in Europe (AGE)!

New publication!

Girls in Antiquity

The papers of the 2010 Berlin conference Mädchen im Altertum/Girls in Antiquity by Susanne Moraw and Anna Kieburg (vol. 11 of the series Frauen - Forschung - Archäologie edited by FemArc - Netzwerk archäologisch arbeitender Frauen)

The volume adresses the long neglected topic of girls - i.e. female individuals that have not yet undergone certain rites de passage neccessary to become a "woman" - in various ancient societies. 26 papers deal with Bronze Age Europe, Ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt, Bronze Age Greece, Greece and Rome, Late Antiquity, and the Early Middle Ages. The papers are either written in German or in English, with an abstract in both languages.

Here you can find the content of the book as PDF and here you can find extracts of the articles.

Contributors are: Claudia-Maria Behling, Katrin Bernhardt, Olympia Bobou, Susanne Brather-Walter, Stephanie L. Budin, Eve DíAmbra, Peter Emberger, Susanna E. Fischer, Caitlin C. Gillespie, Jochen Griesbach, Ute Günkel-Maschek, Doris Gutsmiedl-Schümann, Kerstin P. Hofmann, Kathrin Kleibl, Julia K. Koch, Claudia Merthen, Marion Meyer, Cecilia Nobili, Viktoria Räuchle, Kathrin Schade, Günther Schörner, Michaela Stark, Wolf-Rüdiger Teegen, Helga Vogel, Manuella Wangert, and Anne Weis. With an English introduction by Susanne Moraw.

The book Mädchen im Altertum/Girls in Antiquity can be ordered either at the webpage of the Waxmann-Verlag or directly at FemArc

About us

The proposal for a EAA working party on Gender and Archaeology in Europe arises from the EAA session Gender, Identity and Materiality celebrated in Malta 2008.

The first official action of the current party has been the organization of a round table session by the same name on “Gender and Archaeology in Europe” in the 2009 EAA meeting. In tune with our goals we invited young speakers from seven different European countries in Europe to present their views on the professional situation of professional women archaeologists working in Europe and their views on what gender archaeology should be.

After that, AGE organized sessions on various topic at each EAA Annual Meeting as well as other conferences. Details can be find at the page actions.

Area of concern

The working party has as its area of concern the discussion of Gender issues in European archaeology, where gender is considered both as a structural element to be studied in the past and as influencing research in the present. It will thus address the study and understanding of gender arrangements in the past and the study and understanding of how current gender systems affect archaeology as an academic and professional practice.