Archaeology and Gender in Europe

Welcome to the website of the EAA Community Archaeology and Gender in Europe (AGE)!

Disclaimer: views expressed on this EAA-community website are not necessarily those of the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA).

AGE sessions at the 28th EAA Annual Meeting 31 August - 3 September 2022

AGE will be present with 5 sessions on different gender topic at this years EAA Annual Meeting from 31th August to 3rd September 2022. The Annual Meeting will take place in in Budapest, Hungary. According to the conference website, digital participation might also be possible: Please watch the conference website for more information!

Here are the confirmed AGE sessions:

  • Session no. 142: Gender Archaeology at the Crossroads: The Future and Its Challenges
  • Session no. 210: Digging Women: Use and Misuse of Ancient Women as Role Models in Archaeological Research and Dissemination
  • Session no. 285: Gender Dynamics at the Dawn of the Classical World: An Indigenous Perspective
  • Session no. 384: Women’s Status and Agency in the Neolithic and Metal Ages of Central Europe
  • Session no. 392: The Anti-HABI Toolkit: Practical Solutions and Measures for Preventing and Addressing Harassment, Assault, Bullying and Intimidation in Archaeology

  • The call for papers and posters is open until the 10th February 2022. Submission have to be made through the conference website.

    AGE session Beautiful bodies published!

    The book Beautiful Bodies: Gender and Corporeal Aesthetics in the Past edited by Uroš Matić (Austrian Archaeological Institute) has been published by Oxbow Books, Oxford. It is based on the AGE session titled ´Beautiful bodies: Gender, bodily care and material culture in the past´ organized by Uroš Matić (then University of Münster) and Sanja Vučetić (then University College London) at the 23rd Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists in Maastricht (30th August-3rd September 2017). The book is available via Oxbow Books. Parts of the book are also available over Google Books.

    AGE-Booklet on Gender Stereotypes in Archaeology published!

    The AGE-booklet on Gender Stereotypes in Archaeology is now available at Sidestone Press.
    For more information, also about the official book launch on 20th december, please follow AGE in Twitter: @age_eaa

    Motherhood in archaeology & matricentric feminism

    The Austrian Academy of Sciences invites to an online round table at 15th february 2022 on Motherhood in archaeology & matricentric feminism. More information can be found at this PDF (link to document for download)

    Crowdfunding on Kickstarter for AGE booklet deconstructing common gender stereotypes was succesful!

    AGE is combating gender stereotypes in a new booklet project. Illustrations of 21 common gender stereotypes are deconstructed by AGE members in short texts. To make it happen, the project needed to rise 5.300 € until the 13th January 2021.

    For more information, please see the project PDF or watch the talk on the 'Behind the Trowel' YouTube channel of archaeologist Natasha Billson from 10th January 2021 were Bisserka, Laura and Uroš presented the project! The project description can also be found at Kickstarter!

    The EAA 2020 statement on Archaeology and Gender

    AGE members were writing the EAA 2020 statement on Archaeology and Gender, which was adopted by the EAA and presented to the EAA members during the Annual Membership Business Meeting for the 26th Virtual Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists. The full statement can be found at the EAA website, and can be downloaded from there as PDF.

    AGE on Twitter!

    AGE is now also on Twitter: You can find AGE there as @age_eaa and follow us for updates!
    If you want to post something AGE-related through our Twitter channel, please send your message in 160 characters to the AGE board.

    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.

    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.

    Disclaimer: views expressed on this EAA-community website are not necessarily those of the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA).

    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.