Archaeology and Gender in Europe

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

AGE meeting at 31st August 2016, 14:30-16:00

The next AGE business meeting will be held at the 22nd EAA conference in Vilnius at the 31st August 2016, 14:30 - 16:00, at Vilnius University, Faculty of History, Room 214. For more information, please see the conference website.

Round Table on Working Groups at the EAA conference

On Wednesday, 31st August 2016, 9:00 - 13:00, a Round Table on political strategies for the EAA will take place at the EAA conference in Vilnius. This year, the EAA working groups will be in the focus of the discussion. Therefore, we would like to encourage all AGE members, to take part in the Round Table, and especially in the discussions!
More information can be found in the program of the EAA Annual meeting at page 119 and in the abstract book at pages 355-359.

Feminism and materiality in archaeology: AGE session at the 22nd EAA conference in Vilnius on 3rd September

The AGE session at the 22nd EAA annual meeting from 31st August to 4th September 2016 in Vilnius, Lithuania, is about Feminism and materiality in archaeology; it will take place at Saturday, 3rd September, 9:00 - 18:30. The session is organized by Tove Hjørungdal, Christina Fredengren and Silvia Tomášková. More information on the session can be found on the EAA conference website: Please look in the Full Programme at pages 272-273.

25 years of FemArc anniversary conference: Aktuelle Perspektiven von Gender und Archäologie

7th - 9th October 2016 at the Niedersächsisches Landesamt für Denkmalpflege in Hannover. More information can be found at the FemArc-website

Congratulations to María Ángeles Querol Fernández!

The 17th European Archaeological Heritage Prize has been awarded to María Ángeles Querol Fernández and Martin Oswald Hugh Carver. María Ángeles Querol Fernández, who has been nominated for the European Archaeological Heritage Prize by AGE, got the award for her pioneering, persistent and ongoing achievements within the development of archaeology as an academic discipline at Spanish universities, the reformation and decentralization of the Spanish heritage administration, and the development of high ethical standards for archaeological practice.

The whole laudatio can be found at the webpage of the EAA.

AGE meeting at the 21st EAA conference in Glasgow

The annual meeting of the working group took place at the 21st Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologistis (EAA) at Thursday 3rd September.

The next AGE meeting will take place at the 22nd Annual Meeting of the EAA in Vilnius, Lithuania, 31st August – 4th September, 2016.

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.