Archaeology and Gender in Europe

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

Gender workshop in Lisbon, 19./20. October 2017

AGE members Ana Cristina Martins and Nona Palincas are organizing a gender workshop at the New University of Lisbon. Information about this workshop can be downloaded here.

AGE meeting at 30th August 2017

AGE had a successful business meeting at the 23rd EAA conference in Maastricht at the 30th August 2017, 13:00 - 16:00, in MECC room 2.14. A report from that meeting was written by the current co-chairs Uroš Matić and Nancy L. Wicker, and recently sent by e-mail to all AGE members.
At the AGE business meeting a new co-chair was elected: Congratulations to Margarita Sánchez-Romero!

Burglary at the University museum in Bergen, Norway

On August 12th, several hundred valuable metal objects, mainly from the Viking period, but also from Roman and Migration Period, were stolen from the collections of the University Museum in Bergen, Norway. Pictures of the missing objects are constantly being uploaded at this Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Vikingskatten, and the website of the Museum informs about what is known so far.

AGE Pilsen session has been published

The 2013 Pilsen AGE session on Gender and violence, organized by Uroš Matić and Bo Jensen, has been published! You can find more information about the book at at the publishers website.

AGE session at the 23rd EAA Annual Meeting, 30. August - 3. September, Maastricht

This year's AGE session at the EAA Annual Meeting in Maastricht, 30. August - 3. September 2017 in Maastricht, has been announced: "Beautiful bodies: Gender, bodily care and material culture in the past" is organised by Uroš Matić and Sanja Vučetić. The call for papers will be open until the 15. March, and can be found at the conference website at http://www.eaa2017maastricht.nl.

New section on working groups at the EAA webpage

The EAA website had been reorganized, and each working group got their own section there now. Please also visit the webpage of our working group there, which can be found under EAA ommunities -> Archaeology and Gender in Europe. Contributions by AGE members are also welcome there!

AGE Istanbul session has been published

The 2014 Istanbul AGE session on “Binary bind:” deconstructing sex and gender dichotomies in archaeological practice, organized by Lara Ghisleni, Emily Fioccoprile and Alexis Jordan, has been published in the September issue of the Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory. You can find the issue as a whole at at springer as well as the online view-only link for the introduction.

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.

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.